Too many homes and neighbourhoods built today undermine residents' health and wellbeing - the TCPA has developed new legislation, in the form of a Healthy Homes Bill, to stop this.

Where we live has profound effects on our health throughout our lives, both in terms of our short-term safety and long-term quality of life. Yet there is overwhelming evidence that too many new homes and neighbourhoods in England are seriously undermining residents' wellbeing and life chances. The way we regulate the built environment needs radical change. This campaign calls on government to adopt our Healthy Homes Bill, which would require all new homes and neighbourhoods to be of decent quality, and effectively outlaw those which undermine residents’ health and wellbeing.

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What does the campaign demand?

Rules for housing and planning are spread across building regulations, the national planning framework, technical standards and local planning requirements. Key factors of residents’ wellbeing – such as receiving ample daylight inside the home – are currently not considered as different regulatory regimes are fragmented and poorly aligned. This creates uncertainty for the sector and allows for the development of dangerous housing and places.

This bill offers the government a powerful way to promote good place-making and design by introducing the ‘healthy homes principles’ in law, which together define what constitutes a healthy home and neighbourhood. 

The bill also places a new duty on the Secretary of State to secure the health, safety, wellbeing and convenience of people in or around new buildings, and on local authorities to plan for the long-term delivery of affordable housing.

Our next steps

Over the next 18 months we will work with parliamentarians and others to lay the Healthy Homes Bill before parliament, as well as to amend forthcoming legislation in line with the principles of the bill.

Our work on the bill is supported by a large research programme, which will continue to develop throughout 2020 and 2021.

You can support the campaign by:

  1. getting involved – we are keen to hear your thoughts on the bill and principles,
  2. joining our stakeholder coalition and receive our Healthy Homes Act newsletter,
  3. publicly announcing your support and endorse the healthy homes principles,
  4. spreading the word about our campaign by sharing our campaign logo and briefing.

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

This project is funded by the Nationwide Foundation