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MPs to investigate house-building quality

2 Oct 15 A committee of MPs is to investigate the quality of new build housing in England.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment intends to examine the potential for improving every aspect of the product handed over to new home-owners.

The committee, which is guided by the Construction Industry Council, is concerned that the push for a massive increase in new housing supply could lead to a deterioration in quality.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPGBE) has established its 4th Commission of Inquiry to address this subject and has issued the call for anyone with ideas on how the quality of new build housing might be improved to submit their evidence.

The commission is looking for evidence of practical strategies that, for example:

  • improve design quality and spatial standards, both at the level of individual new homes and estates of new housing;
  • ensure better quality workmanship;
  • ensure the effective control and implementation of regulations impacting on the construction of new homes;
  • have the potential for implementing smart housing with interoperable services and the provision of better and smarter information to new homeowners;
  • bring forward the opportunities afforded by offsite manufacturing, 3D printing, BIM and other new technologies;
  • provide new innovative ideas for design quality improvement;
  • cut operational and maintenance costs for the homeowner; and  
  • improve new home owner experience and improved customer service.

Written submissions should be sent to no later than Friday 30th October 2015. There is further information on the CIC website.

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The findings of the inquiry are expected to be published in early 2016.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment is chaired by Oliver Colvile MP, with Nick Raynsford MP and the Earl of Lytton acting as vice-chairmen, and Lord Howie of Troon is the group’s Treasurer. The secretariat for the group is provided by the Construction Industry Council, represented by chief executive Graham Watts and Kamila Tomaszewska.

Other MPs and peers on the committee include: (Conservative) Sir Tony Baldry, Paul Uppal, David Amess, Jane Ellison, Andrew Griffiths, Dr Phillip Lee, Jessica Lee, Penny Mordaunt, David Mowat and Laura Sandys; (Opposition) Lord Howie of Troon, David Wright, John Spellar, Clive Betts, Luciana Berger, Adrian Bailey, Ian Lucas, Jack Dromey, Nic Dakin, Nick Raynsford, Paul Farrelly, the Earl of Lytton, the Earl of Mar and Kellie.

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