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Planning, regulation and space standards in England: From 'homes for heroes' to 'Slums of the future'
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Review
  • Authors:
    Clifford B, Ferm J
  • Publication date:
    01/08/2021
  • Journal:
    Town Planning Review
  • Status:
    Published online
  • Print ISSN:
    0041-0020
Abstract
The regulation of housing quality has a long history in England. As the state itself increasingly became a housing developer in the twentieth century, design standards were subject to self-regulation. Through this, the idea that housing quality includes minimum dwelling sizes - space standards - has entered public consciousness. The 2010-2015 coalition government introduced suggested space standards through planning control, but also extended the range of 'permitted development' - a form of deregulation - where space standards could not be applied. In this paper we explore the history of space standards in England and what these tell us about planning regulation.
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