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Buildings: Standards

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment she has made of the merits of changing the building regulations to require all new build homes to be built to lifetime home standards; (155968)

(2) what assessment she has made of the merits of requiring 10 per cent. of all new build housing to be wheelchair accessible throughout.

The costs and benefits of lifetime homes, which include wheelchair accessibility, are set out in the Department’s consultation document “The future of the Code for Sustainable Homes—making a rating mandatory” published on 23 July 2007 with a closing date for comment of 23 October 2007. The document proposes making lifetime homes standards mandatory within the code at progressively lower levels of the code over time.

There is currently no proposal to change the building regulations to require all new build homes to be built to lifetime home standards. However, the Government have stated, in its response to Kate Barker’s report on Housing Supply, that

“It is very important that there is progress on increasing take up of the lifetime homes standard. The Government will monitor take up and review the future need for regulation if appropriate.”