With the election results just announced, Noel Farrer gave his initial reaction – with reference to one of his specialist subjects, housing.
However you feel about the recent result of a new majority Conservative government, I encourage you to join me in positively finding ways of working with the new government to raise awareness of landscape.
The issue of quality placemaking in relation to our future landscape needs remains as important as ever. These issues concern us all whatever our political views. At the LI we made great inroads with the coalition government. We have a great opportunity to build on our established relationships and for our ideas to continue to be heard and gain greater traction.
Brandon Lewis, who continues as housing and planning minister recently addressed the National design Panel. He wants new homes in quality places that support community cohesion; that provide excellent environments for play and for the elderly to socialise. He wants to build in places that are convenient and serviceable. These are good words. He may well now have five years to see them put in to action. It is here I will be looking to make myself heard and to help him achieve this.
We must all be considering how and where our point can be most effectively heard and then we must individually and – most importantly – collectively, make it.
For more information on Noel’s role in the Design Advisory Panel, read the news story.