Good Quality Homes for All Londoners Guidance

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7 storey residential apartment building in Camden, with the top two storey's set back providing more outdoor roof space. There are trees and a bus stop in front of the development.


Housing is the most common land use in London, yet there is not enough. Many more homes need to be built, but to achieve this we need to make the best use of available land and ensure homes are of the quality that Londoners deserve. The design of housing can significantly affect the quality of our lives and our mental and physical wellbeing. Well designed housing can meet changing needs and help create great places for new and existing residents.


The draft Good Quality Homes for All Londoners guidance is a suite of documents that provides guidance on ensuring land is used in the best way to deliver the right quantity of new housing, at the right quality, in the right place, embedding high-quality design at the centre of housing delivery.


Module A sets out a design led methodology for optimising site capacity at the plan making stage and provides an approach to assessing sites’ suitability for development. This module also offers a site capacity toolkit which includes downloadable digital models of residential types and an Indicative Site Capacity Calculator.

Module B provides guidance on assessing the quality of small site development and preparing design codes to increase housing supply from small sites, offering Design Code examples.

Module C presents a set of housing design standards for use when designing or assessing new housing.

Module D comprises a library of best practice, real world examples which demonstrate how different aspects of the guidance can be delivered.


These modules can be viewed in the documents library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers, will be available shortly.


Illustration showing potential redevelopment through a new housing cluster within typical mid-terrace housing typology 2.	Illustration sketch-up showing mid-range density development comprising three linear blocks and two villa blocks within wider townscape


What has happened so far

Work started on the draft guidance in 2018/19. It has been developed with a broad network of built environment professionals and stakeholders, including the Mayor’s Design Advocates, young Londoners working with the Stephen Lawrence Trust, and borough officers through Urban Design London.

The draft guidance was also published for information in March 2020.


How you can take part

We would now like to get your feedback. Please tell us your views by completing our short surveys below for Modules A, B, C and D.

We will also be running several consultation events where you can find out more about the guidance and have your questions answered. If you have any queries about this consultation, please email QualityHomesLPG@london.gov.uk .


Equality Impact Assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance have been assessed through an Equality Impact Assessment which can be viewed in the document library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers, will be available shortly.

Please share your views on our assessment and any potential equality impacts by completing our survey below.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance - this is likely to be summer 2021.


7 storey residential apartment building in Camden, with the top two storey's set back providing more outdoor roof space. There are trees and a bus stop in front of the development.


Housing is the most common land use in London, yet there is not enough. Many more homes need to be built, but to achieve this we need to make the best use of available land and ensure homes are of the quality that Londoners deserve. The design of housing can significantly affect the quality of our lives and our mental and physical wellbeing. Well designed housing can meet changing needs and help create great places for new and existing residents.


The draft Good Quality Homes for All Londoners guidance is a suite of documents that provides guidance on ensuring land is used in the best way to deliver the right quantity of new housing, at the right quality, in the right place, embedding high-quality design at the centre of housing delivery.


Module A sets out a design led methodology for optimising site capacity at the plan making stage and provides an approach to assessing sites’ suitability for development. This module also offers a site capacity toolkit which includes downloadable digital models of residential types and an Indicative Site Capacity Calculator.

Module B provides guidance on assessing the quality of small site development and preparing design codes to increase housing supply from small sites, offering Design Code examples.

Module C presents a set of housing design standards for use when designing or assessing new housing.

Module D comprises a library of best practice, real world examples which demonstrate how different aspects of the guidance can be delivered.


These modules can be viewed in the documents library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers, will be available shortly.


Illustration showing potential redevelopment through a new housing cluster within typical mid-terrace housing typology 2.	Illustration sketch-up showing mid-range density development comprising three linear blocks and two villa blocks within wider townscape


What has happened so far

Work started on the draft guidance in 2018/19. It has been developed with a broad network of built environment professionals and stakeholders, including the Mayor’s Design Advocates, young Londoners working with the Stephen Lawrence Trust, and borough officers through Urban Design London.

The draft guidance was also published for information in March 2020.


How you can take part

We would now like to get your feedback. Please tell us your views by completing our short surveys below for Modules A, B, C and D.

We will also be running several consultation events where you can find out more about the guidance and have your questions answered. If you have any queries about this consultation, please email QualityHomesLPG@london.gov.uk .


Equality Impact Assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance have been assessed through an Equality Impact Assessment which can be viewed in the document library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers, will be available shortly.

Please share your views on our assessment and any potential equality impacts by completing our survey below.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance - this is likely to be summer 2021.