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Are Councils aware of the National Space Standards?

The space standards which are intended to streamline technical requirements into a single housing standard were published by the Government in March 2015 has for the most part entirely slipped under the radar. 

It is not clear what status the document actually has (although the previous Government said that it should be read in conjunction with the NPPF) and most Councils are probably blissfully unaware of its existence.

The government has also failed to make changes to a ‘loophole’ which would allow local councils to opt-out of the standards. The requirements can only be applied where there is a local plan in place and where the viability of the development would not be compromised by adopting the standards. This optional element initially prompted concern that the changes would not be taken up.

For further information;

The context is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/planning-update-march-2015 

Planning Policy Guidance is here:
http://planningguidance.communities.gov.uk/blog/guidance/housing-optional-technical-standards/internal-space-standards/

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