Research published by CABE has revealed that almost all new private housing in the North of England is not designed properly.
The government design watchdog has claimed that around 94 per cent of new homes built in the last three years in the region have failed to measure up on design quality.
CABE has reviewed the design quality of 93 schemes by the ten largest volume housebuilders in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber regions.
This 'audit' on new housebuilding in the North revealed that:
24 per cent of the schemes considered were judged as 'poor';
70 per cent were considered 'average'; and
just 6 per cent were thought to be 'good' or 'very good'.
Crucially, these results are not dissimilar to those revealed by a similar audit carried out by CABE last year on new houses built in the South.
According to CABE, 24 per cent of new homes in the North are categorised as poor, compared with 22 per cent in the South.
CABE chief executive Richard Simmons said: 'These latest findings show that the design quality of new housing is a national problem.' by Rob Sharp