The commission is keen to hear views on how to improve the design of homes and neighbourhoods through the planning and development processes
The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission has opened a call for evidence from practitioners in the natural and built environments.
Established earlier this year by the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG), the Commission aims to explore the role of beauty in the built environment in England and to ‘increase the use of high-quality design’ in residential schemes.
The Commission has had a troubled start. Its original chair, Sir Roger Scruton, was sacked after making comments that were interpreted as antisemitic and Islamophobic. The Housing Minister has been engaged in an ongoing argument about the basic premise of the Commission with architects, many of whom are pointedly ignoring it.
Now the Commission, under its new interim Chair Nicholas Boys-Smith of Create Streets, has called for evidence of best practice in building new homes and communities.
The Landscape Institute works to demonstrate to the government the importance of good design, and of the role that landscape professionals play in helping to achieve it. We are currently compiling a selection of best practice case studies to share with the Commission.
If you have a good example of a recent scheme where the design has been of a high standard, and which you would like us to share with the Commission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To respond to the Commission’s survey yourself, click here. (Closing date 31 May 2019.)