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New national design code must be 'selective', says guide consultant

New national design code must be 'selective', says guide consultant

The government's new national model design code will need to be "selective" in the advice it offers given the variety of development across the country, a consultant who helped create the government's recently-published National Design Guide has advised.

Jenrick moots hike in 300,000 homes target and planning support for refurbishment over demolition

Jenrick moots hike in 300,000 homes target and planning support for refurbishment over demolition

The housing secretary has said the government's target of building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s "may not be ambitious enough" and has suggested that he will support the "renovation and refurbishment" of existing buildings through the planning system.

Councils to be forced to draw up local listing registers

Councils to be forced to draw up local listing registers

All local planning authorities will be required to draw up registers of locally-listed buildings under measures to 'empower' communities, announced by the government today.

The Big Picture: Social housing scheme scoops Stirling Prize

The Big Picture: Social housing scheme scoops Stirling Prize

A development of 105 council homes in Norwich, called Goldsmith Street, won this year's Stirling Prize, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects to the best UK building.

What new design guidance means for planners

What new design guidance means for planners

New guidance on design and a national design guide should put councils in a better position to resist poor-quality proposals, say observers, but they warn it may place new burdens on already-stretched planning teams.

What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

A proposed permitted development right for upward extensions would be subject to prior approval design checks, the government has confirmed. Practitioners say interest in using the right will be strongest in urban areas, but warn that it could generate widespread community objections

Latest Design & Architecture Comment

Planners are accessories to today's housing crimes, by Graeme Bell

The yacht lurches, the mooring lines groan, the halyards slap noisily against the mast, rain lashes the pontoon. I write this from the cabin of a yacht on the south coast, storm bound as the last knockings of Hurricane Lorenzo pass through.

Design guidance never creates well designed places, by Chris Brown

We aren't short of guidance on what makes a good place so it's intriguing to see Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) commissioning consultancy Tibbalds to write a 'visual design guide' to form part of the Planning Practice Guidance supporting the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

Caustic style will subvert Scruton's beauty crusade, by Chris Brown

Last month I went to the inaugural Colin Amery Memorial Lecture. It was delivered by Sir Roger Scruton, the new chair - for now - of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission (BBBBC).

Good placemaking pays corporate dividends, by Chris Brown

It may not be new but it's encouraging to see developer British Land, in its recent publication A Design for Life, throwing its weight behind the case for placemaking and design quality to improve health and wellbeing. Its assessment of the financial benefits to the state makes a compelling case.

Government has been tinkering with custom build guidance, by Chris Brown

The government has been doing some tinkering with the planning practice guidance (PPG) for custom build housing over the summer.

Holding onto sense of place in east London, by Ibrahim Michael Maiga

The many luxury flats being developed in prominent locations in Hackney, east London, give a strong sense that demographic change is accelerating.

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How the new national design guidance changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How the new national design guidance changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How planning guidance on design has changed and what it, and the new National Design Guide, means for you. By Mark Wilding.

Need to know: What new guidance on wind will mean for City planners

Need to know: What new guidance on wind will mean for City planners

The City of London Corporation has published the first set of rules governing when wind assessments are required for planning applications.

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

This autumn is due to see a series of key policy developments. Colin Marrs looks ahead.

How we did it: Producing design advice to create denser suburbs

How we did it: Producing design advice to create denser suburbs

Croydon has produced a supplementary planning document to provide design guidance for the borough's residential intensification. Colin Marrs reports.