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House of Lords calls for evidence on built environment

The new House of Lords Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment has issued its call for written evidence, setting out the scope of its inquiry and asking for evidence submissions.

Issues around housing and the built environment are a pressing concern in England, with parts of the country facing acute housing shortages and an affordability crisis, while the legacy of poorly planned and designed developments can blight communities. The committee will seek to establish what steps can be taken to ensure better planning and design and whether we have the right balance between national policy and local accountability for planning decisions. It will also examine the need for appropriate homes for a changing population.

Baroness O’Cathain, chairman of the committee, said: ‘We need to plan our built environment to meet future demographic, environmental, economic and social challenges. Design and architecture, public and green spaces, the sustainability and resilience of buildings and the provision of vital infrastructure are all essential parts of this process. To achieve this, we need the right priorities, policies and incentives from national Government and the sufficient skills and resources for local government to deliver on an ambitious vision for the future. In this country we have a wonderful heritage of excellent housing in lovely settings; we must ensure that future generations can be proud of the legacy resulting from the decisions and actions of this generation.’

Contribute to the Landscape Institute’s response

The inquiry is an important opportunity for landscape and the profession. The Landscape Institute’s Policy and Communications Committee will be submitting a response on behalf of the organisation to the inquiry. All members are welcome to help shape this response by setting out their thoughts using the following form (see below) and sending to Stephen Russell, head of policy, by Wednesday 23 September.

Members can also submit their own response by visiting this page

Members who would like to help shape the LI's response can download the form here

As many of the policy areas which are likely to be considered by the committee are devolved, the principal focus of the inquiry will be upon policy for the built environment in England. However, comparisons and examples of practice from other parts of the UK are welcome.

More information on the work of the Committee can be found here.


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