The government's National Model Design Code may not be published until early next year, the government's chief planner has revealed, after she told a conference that it should be issued "within the next couple of months”.
A report on TV presenter Piers Morgan's application to install a spherical 'man cave' pod in his back garden leads our round of today's newspapers.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has launched a review of the effectiveness of the duties placed on councils to support the delivery of self- and custom-built homes, which includes writing to authorities to ensure they consider demand for such housing when allocating land and making planning decisions.
While the precise form of the new national design advisory body is yet to be determined, it is unlikely to have formal planning powers, the government has revealed. Experts say it is important that the new body does not impose a national design vision and acknowledges local distinctiveness.
Planners would need a "major retraining programme" to be able to write design codes as part of a proposed Whitehall push to roll out such guidelines across the country, an adviser to a government commission on improving design quality has suggested.
A new report endorsed by a government advisor calls on ministers to make further changes to the planning system to help the delivery of 75,000 modular homes a year, including the "fast-tracking” of consents for such developments.
I really struggle with the government’s constant use of the word ‘beauty’. Its aim is to build beautifully and build more. The first question that comes to mind is: what is the definition of beauty?
Interview: Ben Bolgar, advisor to the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, on the challenges and opportunities of using design codes
The government's Planning For The Future white paper sets out ambitions to make the use of "locally-produced design codes" a central part of plan-making.
Is it time to knock down all our old houses? Our old buildings are leaky, expensive to heat and destroying the planet. We can build new homes that are close to zero carbon to run and cost next to nothing to heat.
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.
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)
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).
- Planning Officer Elmbridge Borough Council Esher, Surrey
- Various Planning Roles Folkestone & Hythe District Council Folkestone, Kent
- Urban Design Officer London Borough of Bromley Bromley (City/Town), London (Greater)
- X2 Senior/Principal Enforcement Officers - OUTSIDE IR35 Vivid Resourcing Gloucestershire
- Senior Planner – Development Manager Medway Council Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR
- Planner Policy & DM Medway Council Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR
- Assistant Director - Growth & Housing Wigan Council Wigan, Greater Manchester
- Town Planners Pegasus Planning Group Limited BIRMINGHAM | CIRENCESTER | NEWCASTLE
- Senior Planner Green Planning Studio Limited Shrewsbury, Shropshire
- Associate Director (Planning) Green Planning Studio Limited Shrewsbury, Shropshire
The white paper envisages all councils will employ senior managers responsible for place. We meet professionals already in similar roles
Design codes are meant to set rules that new development must meet. The government thinks communities could use them to control the look of local schemes. But some high profile codes have proved impossible to enforce. So what makes for a workable and effective design code?
Among the radical proposals to reshape the planning system from an influential think tank, a recommendation to remove councillors from making decisions is unlikely to gain much traction with ministers, say observers.
Practitioners have cautiously welcomed a government-backed proposal to introduce fast-track planning approvals for well-designed developments, but have warned of a number of potential obstacles before it can be effectively implemented, including a lack of local authority skills.