This July, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson published the draft London Housing Design Guide, with the aim of setting a new benchmark for the design and quality of London’s housing.
The Guide sets out the minimum design requirements that the Mayor will expect for all new publicly funded homes, including new minimum standards in a number of policy areas such as space standards. As part of the consultation process, which finishes on 30 September, the LDA hosted a special event at NLA this morning, and invited an audience of architects, developers and housing professionals to discuss the proposals.
The event was chaired by Peter Bishop, Group Director of Design, Development and Environment at the LDA, with speakers including Richard Blakeway, Director of Housing for the Mayor of London, Geoff Raw, Director of Design, Strategy and Planning at the LDA and Alex Ely, Founding Partner of mæ LLP Architects.
The event engendered some very lively discussion about the Guide, which focused on a wide range of topics around its policies, implementation and potential remit. Particular debates arose around how to make allowances for exceptions to the rules, the measurements and regulations used in space standard policies, and how to ensure that the regulations support new development in the capital.
Consultation on the London Plan goes on until 30 September– to view the consultation portal and have your say click here.