Chartered Institute of Housing, the Royal Institute of British Architects and Wates are among the organisations signed up

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is calling on housing developers and sector bodies to sign up to its new ‘Healthy Homes Pledge’.

The pledge, which has been signed by several organisations, requires signatories to adopt 12 ‘healthy homes principles’ (see graphic below) designed to ensure higher quality homes by going beyond bare minimum housing protections.

Rosalie Callway, campaign for healthy homes manager at TCPA, said: “We urgently need more homes. But it’s not good enough to just look at increasing supply. We have to get the quality of our homes right. The current system is failing too many people.

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“We are seeing far too many tragic cases of people housed in conditions that are making them sick. A Healthy Home is safe, secure and connected.

“Everyone deserves to live in a healthy home and we call on the entire sector to get behind this pledge to deliver real change.”

Organisations to sign up so far include; the Chartered Institute of Housing, Wates, Alliance for Sustainable Building Products; CPRE: the countryside charity; Good Homes Alliance, Housing LIN, Quality of Life Foundation, Renters Rights London, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and TrustMark.

The pledge is part of the TCPA’s Campaign for Healthy Homes, which is funded by the Nationwide Foundation.