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New Homes (Design Standards)

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans there are to merge Housing Corporation and English Partnership new build design standards for homes. (98579)

Common standards on housing regarding sustainability already apply to English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation. Since 1 April 2006 all new homes funded by each body have had to meet EcoHomes 2006 Very Good standard. The code for sustainable homes is currently being finalised and is due to be published before the end of the year. It will make it a requirement that all new homes funded by English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation will have to meet a minimum of level 3 of the code.

In the meanwhile English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation will continue to work together to identify areas of commonality in new build design standards for homes and best practices so both can learn from each others experiences.

We are currently reviewing English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation as part of the review of the institutional structures for delivering housing and regeneration, and we expect to make an announcement shortly.