Government to host conference on housing design

Sajid Javid has announced the government will look to improve design quality at an all-new conference.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced plans for a government-led design conference to boost the design quality of new homes in England.

Speaking to the Federation of Master Builders, the Communities Secretary said the conference and exhibition, to be hosted in Spring 2018, will be a showcase for design ideas, insights and best practice from across the country and around the world.

He said: “This Government is committed to building the quality homes this country needs. AsI set out in the Housing White Paper earlier this year, we want to give communities a stronger voice in the design of new housing and drive up the quality and character of new development.

“So that’s why, along with industry and local councils, we’ll be hosting a national housing design conference to raise design quality across the country.  .

“I’m clear we need to build homes that people not only want to live in, but live next door to as well. So working with experts, this will be a fantastic opportunity to show how the quality of new homes is as important as the quantity.”

The issue of quality has come up a lot in recent times for Javid, with him hitting out at the amount of new-builds with issues.

This led to him announcing the consultation into a new all-encompassing Housing Ombudsman.

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