The Government is to publish suggested new guidance – proposals on both housing design standards and practice guidance on planning – which will require “suitable provision to be made for waste storage in new homes.”
Claiming the waste containers “clogg-up” front yards, gardens and driveways, the guidance aims to “design out” bin blight, so that bins are not seen from the front of the street.
According to the DCLG, this could include covert storage units for residents’ bins, or simply ensuring there is space for bins to be stored in backyards so they are only taken out when necessary on bin collection day.
Eric Pickles, Local Government Secretary – “This government is standing up for hard-working people and getting rid of barmy bin policies, which made families’ lives hell”
Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, said: “This government is standing up for hard-working people and getting rid of barmy bin policies, which made families’ lives hell. I want to make sure families get a proper rubbish and recycling collection service for the large amount of money they have to pay in Council Tax.
“For years badly-placed wheelie bins and the proliferation of multiple bins have created a blot on the landscape. In streets up and down the country, ugly bin clutter has ruined the street scene and the look of people’s homes and gardens.
“By ensuring that developers create appropriate waste storage areas when designing new homes, we can tackle the ghastly gauntlet of bin blighted streets and driveways.”
Brand new proposed planning practice guidance will suggest each dwelling should have enough storage space for all the different types of bin used in the local authority area (for example landfill, recycling, food waste).
A new consultation on housing standards will be published shortly. The paper will outline how technical building regulations could be updated to tackle “bin blight”.
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