Ed Lister, London deputy mayor for policy and planning, has said that architects are wrong to be concerned about proposals to make homes in the capital more accessible
He said the plans, set out in draft guidance, would be subject to viability and the authority had no plans to force all homes to have step-free access.
A clause within the Mayor’s Draft Interim Housing Supplementary Guidance states that the ‘optional’ building regulation M4 should be applied to all new homes.
But earlier this week architects raised fears that the proposals would see councils demanding every housing development over two storeys had a lift.
However, Lister responded: ‘We’ve always had a robust line on Lifetime Homes. London has an increasingly ageing population and we need to be providing homes which are accessible. The London Plan now has a requirement of 3,000 homes for the elderly.
‘Because of government changes to the housing standards in order to protect all features we’ve opted for a robust requirement. If we don’t have something like this then it will water down what has been a very successful system.’
Lister, added: ‘It is very clear that the requirement is subject to viability and lifts will certainly not be required in individual houses.’