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Housing schemes achieve standard

A total of 55 housing schemes have qualified for the Building for Life design standard - an increase of 50 per cent on last year’s figure.

Twenty schemes qualified for the gold standard of the award - which sets the bar for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods.

Also, 35 schemes qualified for the silver standard. This was compared to 12 gold and 24 silver in 2009.

The results were the best on record since the scheme began eight years ago - with it also being the first time that more than 50 per cent of entries achieved a standard.

However, more than 50 per cent of housing schemes achieving the standard were based in London or the South West.

Wayne Hemingway, Building for Life chairman, said: “Building for Life has helped developers and planners talk the same language and by working together they are creating far better places to live.”

Richard Simmons, CABE chief executive, added: “This success rate suggests to me that we might finally be starting to deliver good quality housing on a regular basis.”