We submitted our response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s accessibility standards for new homes consultation.
In our submission, we welcomed the government proposals:
- To raise accessibility standards for new homes and make accessible, adaptable design standard (M4(2)) the default expectation for new homes.
We believe this will:
- Help to free up local authority capacity by removing the need for a local case.
- Help planning, building control and access teams to gather evidence and set robust policies for their areas.
The government should also:
- Be clear that local authorities should set robust local policy for the level of wheelchair accessible homes required in their area.
- Set clear and strict criteria for exemptions where lower standards may be accepted.
- Establish a template for a national, but locally maintained, register of accessible homes and those seeking them.
For more information, read our full response.