The TCPA’s Healthy Homes Act campaign calls on government to make sure all new housing is built to a decent standard.

Spurred on by a wave of evidence that a lot of homes built under current standards are jeopardising people’s health, safety, wellbeing and life chances, our Healthy Homes Act campaign exposes the unacceptable conditions many people are living in and calls on government to introduce new legislation which would ban poor housing and ensure all new homes are of decent quality.

What do we want?

Rules for housing and planning are spread across building regulations, national planning frameworks, technical standards, local planning requirements and voluntary cross-sector standards.

Some of these prescribe mandatory design standards for new homes, though many are either unhelpfully vague, easily superseded or can be disregarded through rules around ‘reasonable compliance’, leading to the development of poor-quality, dangerous housing and places.

To make sure there is absolutely no excuse for bad design and place-making, we want to see the government introduce primary legislation which would make it illegal for homes to be built in a way that could damage people’s health, safety, wellbeing or life chances.

In our Healthy Homes Bill we set out ten principles for what we believe constitutes a decent home in a good place. By introducing these into law, the government would essentially put an end to housing which is bad for people and bad for the environment.

Read our 'Healthy Homes Bill'

In May 2019 we presented government with a draft ‘Healthy Homes Bill’, setting out ten design, safety and placemaking principles—concepts we believe constitute a ‘decent’ home—and mechanisms for how these can be introduced into law (via a ‘Healthy Homes Act’). We are currently updating the Bill. 

To read our short briefing introducing the Healthy Homes Act campaign, click here.

To read our Healthy Homes Bill, click here.

The following businesses, charities and organisations support the Healthy Homes Act principles:

This project is funded by the Nationwide Foundation