Posted by: Adam Roake | December 22, 2009

KICKSTART ROUND 1 – NEVER MIND THE QUALITY, COUNT THE NUMBERS

So well over 50% of the Kickstart funded schemes are such poor quality that they scored less than 10 points on the Building For Life assessment. To put that in perspective, the Affordable Housing Survey, produced by CABE and commissioned by HCA showed only 21% of schemes built between 2004 and 2008 were “poor” (i.e. less than 10 points), so Kickstart is funding more than twice as many poor quality schemes than were previously funded.

Never mind that HCA NAHP conditions require all funded schemes to score at least 12; never mind that, as Sir Bob K has often repeated (here and here for example), high quality design will be a pre-requisite for funding; it’s clearly more important that house builders are provided with tax money so that they can deliver rubbish housing in poor quality housing estates that we can knock down again in twenty years time. After all that’s precisely the pattern we know and love, where failing estates from the 70’s and 80’s are being “regenerated” with new estates designed to fail within the same timeframe. Just think of all the work we’ll have in 2040-2050.

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