Public wants better, bigger and brighter homes
80% of the public would be more likely to choose a home that meets minimum space standards
Lack of natural light (20%) and lack of space (32%) are among the most cited causes of dissatisfaction with current homes
Lack of space is the main reason why people living in homes built less than 10 years ago want to make changes or are considering moving home
Exclusive research by Ipsos MORI for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed strong public support for the introduction of minimum space standards for new build homes across England.
The RIBA research, an independent gauge of customer attitudes to housing, has been published as the Government prepares to make an announcement on its crucial Review of Housing Standards in England within the coming weeks, which could result in current housing standards being reduced or abolished. Future generations will live and grow in the homes we build now and the size and quality of new homes built in this country will be dependent on the outcome of this Review – the RIBA is demanding the Government does not sacrifice quality in a bid to get the country building at any cost.
The compelling research has found that the majority of the public would support the introduction of minimum space standards. 80% of respondents said they would be more likely to choose a new home that met minimum space standards*. The impact of the abolition of the Parker Morris minimum space standards through the 1980 Local Government, Planning and Land Act may also be apparent with concerns over a lack of space more prevalent amongst those living in homes built after the standards were removed.
Urging the public to take a stand, RIBA President Angela Brady said:
'The country is in the grip of the worst housing crisis in decades and there is an urgent need to provide more affordable, quality homes. In their rush to build the Government must avoid the temptation to reduce current standards and give the go-ahead for builders to produce another generation of poor quality homes, without adequate space and natural light.
'Quality cannot be sacrificed by the urgent need to provide more homes. To do so would be a false economy, leaving us with homes people don’t want to live and don’t want to have in their neighbourhood.
'The Government wants to build an Aspiration Nation, so let’s make that possible by building homes that not only suit our most basic lifestyle needs, but are flexible and fit for the future.
'We urge people to back our HomeWise campaign and demand better homes now.'
The research has been revealed today to coincide with the launch of a website to empower people to demand their local MP supports the RIBA’s HomeWise campaign for national minimum standards on space and natural light. The RIBA is calling on the public to act now and ensure their concerns and the views of their local communities are acted on by Government.
Visit www.withoutspaceandlight.com and follow the simple steps to locate and contact your MP.