Thursday, 21 August 2014

Celebrity backs space standards campaign

Celebrity designer Kevin McCloud is backing a campaign to set new space standards for homes.

The Grand Designs presenter is lending his support to the Royal Institute of British Architect’s Without Space and Light initiative.

The campaign is calling for new space standards, new minimum requirements for natural light in new homes, and a government-backed labelling scheme for homes to help people when choosing a property.

The presenter features in a video for the campaign that demonstrates how difficult it is to get ready for work without sufficient space or light.

RIBA said the UK has the smallest homes in Western Europe, and current regulations are not sufficient. It is urging people to contact their MPs to raise the profile of the issue as ministers prepare to make decisions about future house building standards in the next few weeks.

Readers' comments (2)

  • ManWithAbacus

    He should at least know about half of what he's backing then...

    All very admirable, but when there are £2m people waiting for housing and the country is under economic pressure we need to balance our priorities.

    Good basic homes for many, driving economic recovery and jobs or eco friendly spacious future proof houses for the lucky few?

    I suggest that Kevin goes back to basics and looks at the use of private investment in large scale house building in the US (Levitt & Sons who built a house every 16 minutes) and the post-war house building UK which despite the mistakes of the Atlee administration resulted in almost 1,000,000 new homes - the majority of which still stand today.

    With only 80% of planning applications for house building being approved after a turgid 2-3year process (due to mass NIMBYism and in some cases BANANAs) I think space and light standards are the least of our worries - unless that is you wish to object to a planning application.

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  • Chris

    Isn't this the same celebraty who backed the Tory policies to do away with standards?

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