LI president will be part of new initiative to ensure quality design in new homes and communities

Noel Farrer to join government Design Advisory Panel

LI president Noel Farrer has been invited by government to join its newly formed Design Advisory Panel on housing.

Government announced the formation of the panel on 15 December as part of a series of initiatives on housing. It said, ‘A new design panel, including world famous architects such as Sir Terry Farrell and Sir Quinlan Terry will be established to ensure that new homes are not only lower cost but also high quality and well-designed, giving hardworking house buyers attractive homes that meet the demands of modern life. The panel, announced by the Prime Minister today, will work with government to set the bar on housing design across the country.’

The Design Advisory Panel will act as a sounding board, providing an opportunity for dialogue between government and the housing and design industry on:

– Emerging housing and planning policy to ensure that good design is considered and embedded from the outset.
– Delivery of housing and planning policy to ensure that good design is achieved through programmes.
– Emerging industry issues and barriers to good design in housing delivery.

Commenting on the formation of the panel, Noel Farrer said, ‘Landscape architecture has a critical role to play in ensuring that future housing development is of high quality and creates desirable places.  The creation of landscape-led attractive places to live ensures new housing’s economic viability.  I am delighted that this is understood by Government and look forward to representing the landscape architecture profession at the next Design Advisory Panel meeting.'  

The Panel will meet quarterly with ministers, with the first meeting taking place on 21 January.

Other organisations represented on the panel include the Design Council, RIBA, RTPI, RICS, Home Builders Federation and Prince's Foundation for Building Community.


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