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Housing: Standards

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2009, Official Report, column 127W, on council housing, when the Homes and Communities Agency's review of the benchmarks for high quality urban design, construction and environmental sustainability is expected to be completed. (274889)

The Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) review of standards is planned to culminate in the publication of new HCA Design and Sustainability Standards document in April 2010, in advance of application of the new standards. These new standards will apply to new national housing programmes from April 2011, on completion of the HCA's legacy National Affordable Housing programme (NAHP). Where possible, earlier implementation of the new standards will apply to new housing projects developed on HCA land where HCA is undertaking the role of developer direct.