London Housing Design
On 25 March 2015 the government introduced new technical housing standards following its Housing Standards Review. The new system comprises additional ‘optional’ Building Regulations on water and access and a nationally described space standard, all effective from 1 October 2015.
The Mayor intends to adopt the new national technical standards through a minor alteration to the London Plan. In advance of this, as required by government, he has published a Housing Standards Policy Transition Statement. This sets out how the existing policies relating to Housing Standards in the London Plan should be applied from 1 October 2015.
Appendix 1 of the Housing Standards Policy Transition Statement sets out how the relevant standards in the London Plan Housing SPG should be interpreted from October 2015. This is also set out in the Draft Interim Housing SPG, alongside the other London standards which are not affected by the introduction of national standards.
The minor alteration to the London Plan and the Draft Interim Housing SPG are subject to public consultation. Following this the minor alteration to the London Plan with be subject to an Examination in Public prior to publication with the Interim Housing SPG. The London Funding Standards Framework will be reviewed and amended in due course.