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Regeneration (Thames Gateway)

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether public sector funding bodies with responsibility for delivering new housing in the Thames Gateway plan to make their contribution conditional on defined high standards of design. (93957)

The Government recognise that high quality housing design is a prerequisite for creating sustainable and cohesive communities. We have been working with members of the Thames Gateway Strategic Forum to promote high quality housing design and we will be announcing a package of measure to support this in the forthcoming Thames Gateway Interim Strategic Framework that will be published on 22 November 2006.

In addition to this the Housing Corporation has established a Commission on Affordable Housing and Design Quality in the Thames Gateway. The aim of the Commission is to deliver a document that will specify design standards that will be applied to all new Corporation funded properties developed in the Thames Gateway.