On 13 March 2014 the Government announced the outcome of its review of Housing Standards which includes a summary analysis of responses to its consultation in 2013.
Habinteg has taken a detailed look at the summary analysis, particulary the proposals on access.
New elements will be introduced to Part M of building regulations setting out criteria for age friendly adaptable housing and for enhanced access standards for wheelchair adaptable and accessible homes.
However viability assessments will also be required before accessible homes can be built, which, according to Habinteg, will mean an urgent need for guidance for local authorities for an assessment process that will take into account the long term socio-economic benefits of accessible homes.
For Habinteg “London is showing how it can be done, the GLA have specified Lifetime Homes as minimum access standard for some years now. We want to see more planning authorities take this sensible long term approach to their housing investment.”
More information from Habinteg can be found here.