Housing: Construction:Written question - 115662

Q
(Wantage)
Asked on: 24 November 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration the Government is giving to the delivery of place quality in its national housebuilding strategy.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 07 December 2017

The Housing White Paper sets out a number of measures to strengthen national planning policy on design. These measures include:

  • Planning reform to strengthen policy requirements for good design in the National Planning Policy Framework and in Local Plans.
  • Supporting wider use of Neighbourhood Planning.

  • Providing additional funding to authorities to help them plan for growth and improve design.

  • Working with Homes England to set quality criteria for funded housing programmes.

  • Highlighting examples of good practice in housing design through support for awards.

  • Highlighting best practice for community engagement, including the use of digital platforms to visualise designs.

I also launched a government commitment to raising design quality at a recent Design Quality Symposium hosted by the RIBA, attended by members of the housing industry, local authorities, professional bodies, academics and other government departments.

In a Written Ministerial Statement on 4 December, I set out provisions to support design skills, capacity and capability through the Planning Delivery Fund. This £25 million fund will help to support a step change in design quality of new development, as well as design advice and support to local authorities delivering growth.

The Planning Delivery Fund prospectus is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/planning-delivery-fund-prospectus

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