The Housing Secretary today announced that new houses should be built on beautiful, eco-friendly and tree-lined roads.
Robert Jenrick The Sundar Places plan, published on Tuesday, is an amendment to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) that sets minimum design standards for planned new developments.
Under the change, both planners and residents will find it easier to “adopt beautiful, practical design while rejecting “ugly, unstable or poor quality.”
The government would also include the word “beauty” in planning rules for the first time since the system was created in 1947 and encourage councils to develop their own local design codes.
A statement from Mr Jenrick said: “Our revised national planning policy framework will ensure that communities are more meaningfully engaged in how new developments occur, giving local authorities more confidence in kicking off those plans. that do not meet the locally set standards.
“It is about keeping communities – not developers – in the driving seat of ensuring good quality design is ideal, and a return to the spirit of management – to build greener, sustainably popular homes and places that make sense in every way. Stands the test of time.”
In a speech to the Policy Exchange think-tank, Mr Jenrick said the changes were intended to echo an era when there was a greater emphasis on delivering buildings that were attractive to the people, instilling a sense of local pride .
Mr Jenrick said: “The exact cost of living in poor households and places, on quality of life, mental health, social mobility and opportunity for young people, is well known and well proven.
“What is less explored is the decline in quality, and yes of beauty, which we have seen since the post-war period, in line with the ever-increasing opposition to new housing.
“The matter of new housing is more important than ever, but it is also more difficult than ever to build it.
“So far from beauty and quality being a luxury, it is clear that they are the key to unlocking community consensus for development and housing.”
As part of the changes the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has also announced the opening of a new office for the Place to advance the design standards.