New parliamentary group formed on good design and placemaking

A new all-party parliamentary group has been formed to 'progress political discussions around good design and placemaking and how they can help solve the housing crisis'.

Parliament: new all-party group on design and placemaking formed
Parliament: new all-party group on design and placemaking formed

A statement issued by the the new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Building Communities said that Conservative MP Bob Blackman has been voted in as its first chair, Liz Twist MP (Labour) and Stephen Hammond MP (Conservative) as vice-chairs, and former housing minister Mark Prisk MP (Conservative) as group secretary.

Other members of the APPG include: Sir Graham Brady MP (Conservative), Baroness Brown (Crossbench), Lord Shipley (Liberal Democrat), Lord Hodgson (Conservative), Andrew Lewer MP (Conservative) and Matt Western MP (Labour).

Blackman said: "I’m delighted to chair this new group which will take the discussion around good design and placemaking to the next political level.

"We need to find new ideas to tackle the housing crisis and build the homes the country needs.

"I firmly believe that only a holistic approach which marries community engagement, placemaking and strategic infrastructure spending will enable this."

The body said that it would meet in the autumn for its first session.

Business association the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) will provide secretariat services for the APPG.


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