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RIBA welcomes Clegg’s new housing push

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The RIBA is supporting deputy prime minister Nick Clegg’s plans to create new garden cities to solve the housing crisis

In a statement, the institute said it welcomed Clegg’s commitment to ‘think big, bold and beyond bricks and mortar’. 

At a speech to the National Home-Building Council later today (21 November), the Liberal Democrat leader is expected to call for ‘places which draw on the best of British architecture and design.’

He will announce plans for a new wave of large scale development inspired by the early twentieth century Garden Cities movement, £225 million of investment in housing and plans to unlock 48,600 new homes.

Clegg will announce a £225 million housing cash injection and plans to unlock 48,600 new homes

RIBA chief executive Harry Rich said: ‘I’m pleased to see the Deputy Prime Minister reflect so many of the issues that have been raised by the RIBA’s Future Homes Commission in their recent report.

‘This is a step in the right direction to get the country building decent, affordable, sustainable homes where people want to live and where communities can prosper.’

He added: ‘Thousands of new communities urgently need to be built and their quality will be imperative to their future success, and the economic success of the country.’

The RIBA also welcomed Clegg’s acknowledgement that the UK has the smallest new homes in Western Europe and light, spacious and flexible homes are needed.

It also emphasised that stalled large scale housing projects receiving government funding should be well designed ‘in order to achieve a decent return for tax-payers’.


The Future Homes Commission’s recommendations:

  • a three-fold increase in the number of new homes being built every year (from the current 100,000 to over 300,000) on brownfield land and land close to virtually every city, and provide
  • a greater focus on design in all new homes, ensuring they meet current residents’ needs, making them fit for future generations, and thus attractive to UK and international institutional investors so that Local Authority pension funds can recycle their investment once a community has been established; and
  • build more consumer-oriented housing market, with reliable, comprehensive information available to people when making the most important financial decisions of their lives



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