Ministers have called on industry to embrace the latest
innovations to make sure we are building the good quality homes
that the country needs.
At a Design Quality Conference with the construction industry
held on 25 April to promote quality design to help deliver new
homes, Ministers called for closer links between government and
industry to deliver well-designed homes.
Action to boost innovative approaches for well-designed new
homes highlighted by Minister's included:
£1 billion investment through the Home Building Fund to
develop new, modern approaches to design and
To date, 8 projects across 11 local authorities, backed by
government funding, will use modern methods of construction such as
modular homes to build good quality homes, using the latest
techniques, whilst helping to speed up housing delivery.
Learning from other countries like Australia, Norway and
Sweden where good design is embedded in decision
For example, based on an Australian model, the government will
urge councils to set their own design quality standards, giving
communities the ability to better reflect their own unique
character in local planning policy.
Embracing new technologies
For example using Virtual Reality (VR) technology to win the
confidence of communities before a single brick is laid. By
visualising proposed new housing from the neighbour or homebuyer's
perspective, communities will be able to see how development can
visually contribute to the area from an early stage, even before
planning permission has been granted.
Read Housing Minister, Dominic Raab's speech to the Design Quality