Briefing: Design of New Build Homes

By: Robin White  Published: August 2017


Briefing for a Westminster Hall Debate on the 'Design of New Build Homes' on 5th September 2017

Summary

In England, we aren’t building enough homes – and haven’t for a generation. It’s at the heart of every housing problem we see, from homelessness to declining home ownership. In addition, the homes we are building are all too often unaffordable, unattractive and lacking in necessary community infrastructure.

Yet, in England we also have a heritage of building beautiful and affordable places to live; from Edinburgh New Town and Bath, through to Garden Cities like Letchworth, and the post-War New Towns.  

We need to rediscover this tradition of housebuilding and focus again on a civic model of housebuilding that works for all – not just one that works for developers and landowners.

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