It has always been the case that residents of affordable housing get a better quality of home as the snagging is addressed in the housing association’s contract with the build. Private buyers do not have this luxury and struggle for months and years to get their home finished to standard.
Now Boris Johnson, the Major of London, has published a guide for the design of all new public funded London homes being built from 2011. Residents of of affordable housing will get:
- better space between and around buildings
- better shared areas including car parking, a major source of complaint for new build buyers, and cycle and waste storage
- new minimum room sizes – 10% more than the 1961 Parker Morris benchmark
- And much more…
Although, this is a great initiative why does it not cover private homes and why only London?