22 Oct

"Quality rather than quantity" urges housing charity

"Quality rather than quantity" urges housing charity

A key charity has stressed that the UK needs quality housing and the government should not just focus on the number of new homes being built.

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has raised concerns about David Cameron's pledge to build one million new properties by 2020 - with many aimed at those wanting to step on to the property ladder for the first time.

In particular, the TCPA believes it could mean some developments will not be subjected to the normal planning controls because of a desire to meet government building targets. Therefore, leading to some communities facing increased pressure on local services, such as schools and roads, because of a lack of rigorous investigations prior to approval.

"The decision to extend permitted development from office to residential seriously undermines the ability to create decent homes in vibrant communities," said Kate Henderson, TCPA chief executive.

She added: "The government says it is committed to localism and that it wants planning to give power to local communities. However, the announcements mean that local communities will have even less say over how their neighbourhoods are developed."

Instead the TCPA wants the government to back plans to encourage more people to become involved in the planning process so that high quality housing projects designed to enhance areas can be developed to tackle the lack of new homes across the UK.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801803645-ADNFCR

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