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Housing: Homes and Communities Agency

Volume 698: debated on Monday 21 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What mechanisms they will put in place to ensure that new housing funded by the Homes and Communities Agency or built on its land is well designed; and [HL1254]

What external scrutiny there will be of design of housing schemes for which the Homes and Communities Agency will be responsible; and [HL1255]

What role the Homes and Communities Agency will have in championing well-designed schemes for homes and communities; and [HL1256]

How the Homes and Communities Agency will ensure there will be expert consultation on design issues for new schemes which it funds or which will be built on its land. [HL1257]

The Homes and Communities Agency will be the national housing and regeneration agency responsible for helping deliver 3 million homes by 2020. The agency will work within the planning policy framework, notably Planning Policy Statement 3 (Housing) in delivering good-quality, well-designed housing.

This agency is not just about delivering housing numbers. It is also about regenerating the areas in which these will be built, developing places where people want to live. The agency will champion the highest standards of sustainability, including low and zero carbon technologies and will lead the way in design, facilities and services involving local communities.

The Homes and Communities Agency will be an expert delivery partner working with local authorities, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and developers, to ensure support, tools and guidance are used to assist in the creation of well-designed communities where people want to live, now and in the future.