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Starter home exemplar designs published

by on April 9, 2015

House builders and councils should strive for the highest design quality when planning new starter homes, housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has insisted.

His comments came as the administration’s recently established Design Advisory Panel published details of so-called exemplar schemes which include terraced housing built at Prince Charles’ Poundbury development near Dorchester, Dorset.

The Government has launched a starter homes initiative for young first-time buyers. The expectation is that thousands of new homes will be made available with a 20 per cent discount on the market price. This will be achieved by building on brownfield sites and exempting house builders from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and any requirement to provide affordable housing.

The panel which includes leading architects like Sir Terry Farrell and Quinlan Terry CBE has highlighted examples of existing schemes that demonstrate high-quality designs.

Lewis said the Pane’s guided offered “a clear vision of the high standards that new homes across the country are meeting, with examples that developers will be able to take inspiration from”.

The examples cited involved housing schemes across the country which are already, or close to, being completed. The size and type of the homes include terraced and semi-detached houses and flats. The projects include a range of densities and building heights. And there are distinct design approaches, architectural styles and types of building materials.

As well as the Poundbury scheme the exemplars involve homes at Bude, Cornwall; Bicester, Oxfordshire; Letchworth in Hertfordshire; Northampton; north London and York.



Roger Milne

One Comment
  1. Simon Evans permalink

    It’s good to have an initiative like this. But if it is going to attract developers it needs cost indicators. Most of the examples shown here do not look like affordable schemes, measured by likely cost/reward ratio. This is crucial because no one in their right mind is going to invest in good design if it doesn’t pay. The Holy Grail here is combining low build cost with high quality design.

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