Habinteg response to review of housing standards
Published by David Halliwell for Habinteg Housing Association in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities, Health, Local Government
As the UK's leading expert in accessible housing and disability, Habinteg welcomes the Government’s housing standards consultation. We believe it is an important opportunity to ensure all new homes are built to an accessible standard, as our changing population requires.
A sound accessibility standard must form part of any robust national housing framework, working to create better quality homes for the future. With this in mind we will be assessing the content of the review of housing standards to inform our full response, working towards a goal of housing standards that are able to deliver the homes that people need.
What is clear is that without firmly applied guidance and regulation around the development of suitable access in all new housing, accessible homes will continue to be a rarity rather than the norm. We see the benefits of an accessibility standard and we want housing standards to support better access for all, not just the few.
We are all aware of the challenges of an ageing population and the demands for housing that meets people’s current and future needs.
Habinteg Chief Executive Paul Gamble said:
“I am looking forward to carefully examining the detail of the proposals launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government. For us, the question is simple - will this review increase the supply of accessible housing?
“It is vital that access standards are an integral part of any new technical housing standards. Accessible homes represent long term value and we will respond formally to the consultation to ensure these views are heard.”