APPG for Civic Societies: How can we build better?

With the drive to deliver more homes across the country, there has come a loud call for those developments to also be of a high standard of design in order to deliver high quality, liveable and sustainable environments for residents.

Yet, with so much discussion recently about the quality of the nation’s housing, why do we seem to keep getting it wrong and seeing so much confrontation with communities?

The next meeting, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies on 17th March 2020, will feature two leading experts to debate the recommendations from two key reports:

  • Nicholas Boys Smith, Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission will discuss the Commission’s findings. Read the report here.
  • Prof Matthew Carmona, Place Alliance, will share his thoughts on the recent design audit of 142 housing developments across England. Read the report here.
Register to attend the event here.

Ian Harvey said: “How we deliver quality housing is a genuine discussion that we should all be engaging in, but we shouldn’t confuse this with arguing over architectural styles. If Government is serious about responding to the Building Better, Building Beautiful report, they should be looking at rebalancing the power of the planning system and giving communities a much greater say at every stage of the system. I look forward to debating these issues with Matthew Carmona and Nicholas Boys Smith.” 

APPG for Civic Societies: How can we build better?

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