The London Housing Design Guide, unveiled yesterday by Boris Johnson, proposes to utilise existing environmental standards as it pushes for more, and larger, homes in London.
The Guide is currently out for consultation among interested parties.
In a joint announcement in Croydon with Shadow Housing Minister Grant Shapps, the London Mayor pledged to work with the Homes and Communities Agency to boost numbers of affordable homes, as well as work to make more public land available for development.
A key part of the Tories strategy is to hand more power to local authorities to take the initiative with housing programmes.
Mr Shapps added this meant being flexible to cater to local need and incentivising local authorities “to keep the money they earn as they expand and spend it on what they like”.
The London Housing Design Guide draws on existing standards such as the Code for Sustainable Homes and The Mayor's Supplementary Planning Guidance on Sustainable Design and Construction.
The Guide’s vision for green housing made the following notable points:
- All new publicly funded homes to meet at least level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes
- All new housing developments to provide low carbon and renewable energy generation, provided on-site where feasible.
- Existing social rental homes will be improved to better than ‘decent’ standard.
- By 2016 all occupied homes in London will achieve a SAP rating of at least 40 and should aim for 65 where the building fabric will allow.