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Future Homes Commission launches ground-breaking report

Today the findings of the Future Homes Commission’s year-long independent inquiry into the quality of newly built housing has been published. ‘Building the Homes and Communities Britain Needs’ calls for a revolution in the scale, quality and funding of home-building in order to meet the housing needs of our growing and changing population.

The Future Homes Commission’s inquiry was launched by the RIBA in September 2011, and over the past year the high-profile Commission – comprised of Sir John Banham, Dame Mavis McDonald, Roger Graef OBE and Kate Faulkner – has consulted extensively with the housing sector, local government, institutional investors and the public in order to identify practical, achievable solutions to help tackle the housing crisis. 

Their key recommendations are: 

•  A three-fold increase in the number of new homes being built every year

•  A new, independently managed £10 billion Local Housing Development Fund

•  A greater focus on design in all new homes

•  A more consumer-oriented housing market

•  A lead role for local government

Chair of the Future Homes Commission, Sir John Banham said:

“There is no better time to tackle the UK housing crisis. After a year-long national inquiry, the Future Homes Commission has concluded a housing revolution is entirely possible and will lead economic growth. We need to increase massively the number of quality homes being built for many years to come, but also to develop communities which enhance the quality of life for both new residents and those living in existing communities nearby. All this has to and can happen without any additional government funding.

“We strongly believe that local government can become the leader of new development once again, by using their assets and powers to create the type of mature, sustainable, mixed tenure communities that Britain needs and that institutional and international investors want to invest in. After decades on the sidelines, the time is right for local government to show real leadership and realise their potential to shape a positive future for local people by delivering strong, self-financing communities where people want to live and to kick start the demand for better quality housing in the future.”  

RIBA President Angela Brady said:

“The Future Homes Commission’s recommendations provide an excellent starting point for delivering a radically improved housing market. In particular, the RIBA supports the clear value that should be placed on ensuring the homes we build today meet current buyers’ needs and are fit for future generations. This report gives a most comprehensive picture of the current housing crisis and details some simple solutions that will, with a concerted effort result in better housing. We support the need for greater collaboration between all parties involved in delivering housing in the UK and will be looking in detail at the Commission’s specific recommendations to ensure we play an active part in the housing revolution.”  

 Download or view the Commission’s report here:

Future Homes Commission Report
(PDF, 10mb)


Future Homes Commission Report
(PDF high-res photos version, 15mb)