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Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, supports space standards

posted May 8, 2015, 5:56 AM by Kelly O'Doherty   [ updated May 8, 2015, 6:02 AM ]
The new Labour MP for Cambridge supports space standards and is interested in improving standards of housing.  Here is Daniel Zeichner's letter to the CAA:

Dear Cambridge Architects,

Apologies for the delay in responding to your campaign - we have been replying to many, many email enquiries on a wide range of subjects in between hustings, campaigning and canvassing.

With reference to the RIBA #Build a Better Britain campaign and the issue of better space standards for housing, I fully support the position taken by the Labour-controlled Cambridge City Council in applying the rule that one-bed accommodation should be no smaller than 37 sq m, which will encourage provision of enough space in dwellings to ensure that homes can be used flexibly by a range of residents.

Cllr Kevin Blencowe, the city council's executive councillor for housing, recently said "Most new housing units whether private or public currently being built in the city meet these standards already. We believe long-term accommodation should be planned for with a far more adequate decent standard."

As the MP for Cambridge I will work closely with Labour councillors on building more high quality social housing and encouraging developers to build more affordable private housing to a high design standard. As part of the Greater Cambridge City Deal I will work with all the local authority, university and business partners to ensure that we can deliver the 33,480 planned homes and transport infrastructure planned for the region and will encourage high standards in design and sustainability throughout.

Labour's plan is to build 200,000 new homes a year by 2020 and to prioritise capital spending on affordable housing, all starting from a 'Brownfield First' principle. We will also build a new generation of garden cities. As a committed environmentalist I want to ensure that as much of this housing as possible is sustainable, energy efficient, and built to high standard that improves quality of life and encourages alternatives to the car such as cycling, walking, and efficient, affordable public transport.

Yours sincerely,
Daniel Zeichner