A new Housing Design Guide for London – which sets out the Mayor’s aspirations for the design of new housing across the city – has been published by the London Development Agency (LDA).
It has been compiled after extensive consultation on a draft guide launched by the Mayor in July 2009.
All housing built on LDA land is expected to meet these standards. The standards will also start to be applied to housing schemes applying for funding from the London Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) from April 2011.
The guide promotes better neighbourhoods, high environmental standards, better accessibility and better design in new publicly-funded housing. This includes new minimum standards for the amount of floor space and private outdoor space, as well as guidance on natural light and ceiling heights.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "It is simply shameful that new homes in London have, until now, been so poorly designed.
"These guidelines will raise the standard of living for thousands of Londoners, ensuring brighter and more spacious living conditions, particularly for the growing number of larger families.
"This is the first step towards ridding London of the tiny, substandard housing which can blight communities for generations. Designers are now free to create innovative homes which are fit for this great city and its inhabitants."
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19 August 2010