• Space standards in affordable housing in England

Ozer, Seyithan and Jacoby, Sam, 2023, Journal Article, Space standards in affordable housing in England Building Research & Information. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1466-4321

Abstract or Description:

This paper examines the state of affordable housing in England, with a focus on regional variations in space standards and standardized dwelling layouts widely used by volume housebuilders. Space standards are not statutory and therefore adopted inconsistently across development types or building typologies in England. The study draws on data obtained from planning applications, analysing 153 housing developments and 9876 newly constructed affordable housing units from different regions in England that were completed and marketed in 2021. Based on this, the study compares space standards and their effectiveness as well as the use of standardized unit types.

The analysis reveals that apart from London, the most recent Nationally Described Space Standard (2015) is not yet widely used. Instead, Housing Quality Indicators that preceded the new national standards continue to be the norm for houses built outside of London. The findings demonstrate that there is a high level of standardization in affordable housing in terms of dwelling size and layout, with widely used standard house types often determining the design and size of dwellings more than space standards.

Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09613...
Subjects: Architecture > K100 Architecture
School or Centre: School of Architecture
Funders: AHRC [AH/W003198/1]
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2023.2253337
Uncontrolled Keywords: Affordable housing; space standards; standardized unit types; regional differences; housing supply
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2023 10:18
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2023 10:18
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5527
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