On 26 May 2022, Lord Crisp (Crossbench) introduced his private member’s bill, the Healthy Homes Bill [HL],  in the House of Lords. Its second reading is scheduled to take place on 15 July 2022. A similar bill was introduced in the 2021–22 parliamentary session; however, it did not progress past first reading in the House of Lords. 

The Healthy Homes Bill [HL] would set out a new duty for the government to deliver healthy homes. This would be supported by the creation of ‘healthy homes principles’ and a new healthy homes commissioner.

The bill was drafted by the Town and Country Planning Association, which has campaigned for new legislation to regulate the built environment, arguing that current standards are “fragmented and complex”. It has also said that too many homes and neighbourhoods currently undermine residents’ health and wellbeing. A variety of organisations have given their support to the suggested healthy homes principles. In addition, there has been some cross-party support shown in the House of Commons through an early day motion.


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