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MPs launch inquiry into quality of England's new homes

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A group of MPs and Lords has launched an inquiry into the quality of new build housing in England

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPG for EBE) has issued a call for evidence in a drive to examine the standard of product offered to new home owners.

It intends to ask investigate whether the government bid to vastly increase the output of new homes will lead to a reduction in quality of new homes.

Oliver Colvile MP, chair of the APPG for EBE said: ‘With the Government’s plan to build over one million new homes over the next five years, the quality of new-build housing is more important than ever.

‘Having spoken to a number of my colleagues, I am very aware that this is an issue which is affecting families across England.’

Colvile said the group wanted to hear from businesses, organisations and individuals over the course of the inquiry.

Specifically, the inquiry is seeking evidence of practical strategies to improve design quality and space standards, make use of offsite manufacturing and 3D printing, and improve home owner experience.

However, one strand will investigate whether any government regulations could be removed to make housebuilding easier.

The Commission of Inquiry will examine written submissions and will set up roundtable sessions, at which oral evidence will be presented to the Commission directly.

Written submissions are requested to be received no later than Friday, 30 October, 2015.

The APPG for EBE commission of inquiry comprises members of both houses of Parliament and senior members of the construction professions.

The inquiry is the fourth launched by the committee, which has previously published reports on public sector building, the sustainable building and flood mitigation.

Written submissions should be sent electronically to the APPG for EBE Secretary, Graham Watts c/o APPGInquiry@cic.org.uk. The Construction Industry Council acts as Secretariat to the Group.

The Commission of Inquiry will examine written submissions and will set up roundtable sessions, at which oral evidence will be presented to the Commission directly. These will give an opportunity for a ‘candid and open discussion, exploring alternative viewpoints and leading to a pragmatic consensus’.

The formal sessions are likely to be held on Mondays (late afternoons/early evenings) in the Houses of Parliament or Portcullis House in November and December 2015 and those submitting evidence should be prepared to give evidence on one of these dates:

  • Monday, 16 November 2015
  • Monday, 23 November 2015
  • Monday, 7 December 2015
  • Monday, 14 December 2015
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  • Great to see the use of Offsite being used in our homes with 3D Printing, this is only the start for the future of the Construction Industry.


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