A new national design code meaning areas are beautiful, well-designed and locally-led is being tested across 14 areas in England, Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has announced this week.
The code will ensure future developments are beautiful and fit in with local character.
It gives local planning authorities a toolkit of design principles to consider for new developments, such as street character, building type and façade as well as environmental, heritage and wellbeing factors.
The shortlisted councils will take part in a six-month testing programme to apply the National Model Design Code (NMDC) in their area and help Britain Build Back Better, by making sure current and new residents alike will benefit from beautiful homes in well-designed neighbourhoods.
It is intended to provide councils with the guidance and parameters to shape new developments in a way which reflects what their communities truly want.
The measures mean the word “beauty” will be prioritised in planning rules for the first time since the system was created in 1947 – going back to a previous time when there was a greater emphasis on whether a building was considered attractive to local people. The government recently consulted on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework to take this forward, alongside the draft NMDC.
Following a consultation period, more than 70 Expression of Interest submissions were received to test the NMDC, with representation from every region of England.
The final 14 applicants were then shortlisted to ensure a geographical spread and a range of development types, including an urban conservation area with industrial heritage, town centres, new neighbourhoods, rural settlements and urban regeneration sites. Each pilot receives a £50,000 grant to carry out the project.
Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said:
Anna Rose, Head of the Planning Advisory Service said:
Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Transport, Cllr Ged Bell, said:
Nicholas Boys Smith, founding director of social enterprise Create Streets and co-chair for the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission, said:
The 14 successful applicants are:
|Colchester Borough Council, Tendring District Council and Essex County Council||East|
|Guildford Borough Council||South East|
|Herefordshire Council||West Midlands|
|Leeds City Council||Yorkshire & Humber|
|Mid Devon Council||South West|
|Newcastle City Council||North East|
|Dacorum Borough Council||East|
|Portsmouth City Council||South East|
|Sefton Council||North West|
|Hyndburn Borough Council||North West|
|North West Leicestershire District Council||East Midlands|
|Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council||West Midlands|
|Buckinghamshire Council||South East|