We need a more flexible approach to housing space standards

COMMENT Does size really matter? Well, like most things in life it depends on who you talk to. This is certainly the case when it comes to creating a national space standard for housing, with differing views and approaches among councils, developers, architects and planners, resulting in uncertainty in planning to deliver much-needed housing across the country. When the Nationally Described Space Standard was introduced in the Planning Practice Guidance nearly four years ago, there were clearly set rules, which must be met if a council wanted to utilise it. Councils had to demonstrate a need for the NDSS, that