The Housing Design Audit report concludes that some house builders – especially the larger ones – are simply choosing not to build better-quality housing in England.

And even worse, the report found some evidence that some were using the planning appeals process to force through schemes with the lowest design quality.

It is disappointing that this housing audit only happened at all because the three co-authors were able to assemble partners to work on a voluntary basis (as detailed on page 18 of the report), rather than it being core funded by England’s dedicated housing agency.

The fact that they have produced such a robust, fact-filled, easy-to-read report make it all the more commendable. Read more →