London mayor Boris Johnson has published a draft design guide for new homes built in the capital.
The standards laid out in the publication, called the London Housing Design Guide, would apply to all homes constructed on land owned by the London Development Agency.
The guide will also apply to housing schemes funded by the Homes and Communities Agency from April 2011.
It includes new minimum standards for the amount of floor space and private outdoor space, plus guidance on natural light and ceiling heights.
Johnson said the current design standards for new homes in London were “simply shameful.”
He said: “These guidelines will raise the standard of living for thousands of Londoners, ensuring brighter and more spacious living conditions, particularly for the growing number of larger families.
“This is the first step towards ridding London of the tiny, substandard housing which can blight communities for generations. Designers are now free to create innovative homes which are fit for this great city and its inhabitants.”