Let’s build quality of life together

The UK needs more and better-quality homes. But there is too much short-term thinking in the housing sector, local and national government.

This can result in developments that are of poor quality, badly designed or built in the wrong place. These are bad for both people and the planet, and will result in public apathy and distrust in developers and councils. We want to change this by finding longterm, evidence-based solutions to these challenges.

The Quality of Life Framework addresses the changes that can be made across the development industry to ensure that homes are acquired, planned, constructed and managed to actively provide a better quality of life for everyone.

It brings together all of the Foundation’s work to date into six overriding themes; Control, Health, Nature, Wonder, Movement and Belonging. Positioned around a series of cases studies, the Framework offers practical steps to how communities, developers and their designers, and local authorities can create better places for people to live by placing greater emphasis on health and wellbeing.

“It is imperative that there is a fundamental reassessment of how we think about the built environment and its relationship with our overall health and wellbeing. As a society, we should be coming together to ensure that no one has poor health just because of the house they live in. This Framework sets the precedent for future schemes by exploring just how we can do that.”

Professor Sadie Morgan OBEFounding Director of The Quality of Life Foundation

“Where we live has a measurable effect on our physical and mental health: on how much we walk, on how many neighbours we know or on how tense we feel on the quotidian journey to work or school. Design affects us from the air we breathe to our ultimate sense of purpose and wellbeing. Over recent generations, far too few landowners, designers or developers have created places that are good for us or the planet. I am so pleased the Quality of Life Foundation have launched their framework. Those who use it will be better able not just to “build units” but to create beautiful homes and places in which the heart can soar and the body feel secure.”

Nicholas Boys-SmithFounding Director, Create Streets

“This comes at a moment when everyone is re-evaluating what is important to them, especially where we live and how we work. As an industry, we also need to reflect on this as we enter a new era for the nation. As we consider the principles which will guide the future of development and regeneration, we need to assess how we ensure the wellbeing of our people and our communities, and what it means to be sustainable.”

Dan LabbadCEO of The Crown Estate

“A timely and significant report, with practical and insightful advice for communities, developers, designers, and councils. To create and sustain healthy, happy, and successful places for us, our children, and grandchildren it is imperative that each corner of the real estate sector takes its wider obligations seriously.”

Melanie LeechBritish Property Federation

Launch of national research on community consultation

Community Consultation for Quality of Life (CCQOL) is a major research project to develop a new, map-based model of community consultation that takes place both online and face-to-face across the UK. Our aim is to let people input into digital maps so we can measure and assess the impact of changes to their neighbourhoods.

What do residents think and feel about where they live?

Crucial to making wellbeing central to the way we create and care for our homes and communities is a more active and long-lasting dialogue with communities and residents throughout the development process. YourQOL asks residents what they think and feel about where they live. We have been piloting it across the country and are now offering it as a service to developers, local authorities and housing associations.

Let’s not forget social sustainability

In this article for the Bristol Housing Festival, our Chair, Sadie Morgan, urges us not to forget the importance of social sustainability as part of our commitment to a better planet...