RIBA demands new approach to newbuild housing
Published:  01 December, 2009

LONDON: Bold new approaches are needed to raise the standard of newbuild homes and unlock the 'hidden market' for high quality housing in the UK, according to a new discussion paper from the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA). 

'Improving Housing Quality: Unlocking the Market' raises concerns about the impact of the recession leading to further deterioration in housing quality, and examines the underlying systemic problems which continue to undermine standards and limit consumer choice and confidence in the new-build housing market.

The paper calls for a move away from short-term speculative housebuilding, suggesting that new partnerships between more-autonomous local authorities, institutional investors and local community groups with a long-term stake in new housing development may be the most effective way of addressing the poor quality of many new housing developments in the UK.

The report also considers opening up the market to allow new players, including local co-operatives and self-builders in order to help increase competition in the housebuilding sector, with individuals and communities able to work with local authorities and developers to build the homes and communities they need. 

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