Housing secretary pledges accessibility review following damming report


Housing secretary James Brokenshire has said the government will review accessibility requirements in building regulations after a report was published showing less than a quarter of new homes due to be built by 2030 are planned to be accessible.

Mr Brokenshire addressed a question the House of Commons from Labour MP Mary Glindon, who referred to the damming report from housing association Habinteg.

Habinteg’s report, which analysed 322 local planning policies, claimed that only 1% of new homes are set to be suitable for wheelchair users.

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The findings claim to have revealed an ‘imminent supply crisis’ of all types of accessible homes in England.

Mr Brokenshire said: “Everyone should be able to access a home which is right for their needs. It is crucial that we do understand how the changes made to building regulations on access introduced in 2015 are working on the ground.”

Addressing Ms Glindon’s comments about the Hainteg report, Mr Brokenshire said that government will look at it “carefully” as part of a review of accessibility requirements.

The report reveals a postcode lottery in the supply of new accessible and adaptable homes, which is expected to negatively impact the health and independence of older and disabled people.

It found that by 2030 there will only be one accessible new home built for every 270 people in the West Midlands, one accessible new home for every 52 people in the East of England, and one accessible new home for every 24 people in London.

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