MPs have called for closer links to be made between the construction industry and the government to improve the delivery of well-designed homes.
With an aim to achieve its 300,00 homes target within the next decade, the government have stated that the quality and design of the properties constructed is improved.
Measures to facilitate this include a £1 billion investment through the Home Building Fund, setting out to introduce modern approaches to both construction and design. As well as using new methods to deliver homes of a high quality, the aim of this is to speed up construction to keep with the pace of demand.
The government has also highlighted its intention to learn from countries across the globe such as Australia and Sweden; here, it states, good design is a part of the decision making process itself. For example, it plans to encourage councils to set designated standards in terms of design, with a view to construction being more accurately reflective of the local character of a community.
There are also hopes that technology will play a key role in the plans moving forward, with Virtual Reality thought to be a confidence builder for communities, enabling them to view the plans when the initial proposals are pitched.
Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our homes are the making of all of us, which is why today’s event on raising the bar on the quality of new homes is so important. This Government is determined to make sure that high quality design is the norm rather than the exception.”
Speaking at the Design Quality Conference, the focus of was on how to ensure the design of new homes is prioritised along with delivery speed, with industry leaders, including developers and design professionals also in attendance.