A cross-government design strategy aiming to maintain the quality of new places during the recession is being welcomed by the RTPI.
A new planning policy statement (PPS) on green infrastructure is being strongly welcomed by the RTPI but it says it must focus on practicalities, resolve complexities and deliver social and environmental benefits.
DCLG launched the World Class Places guidance in conjunction with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and with the endorsement of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), Natural England, the Homes and Communities Agency, English Heritage, the Environment Agency and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
RTPI Head of Policy and Practice Matt Thomson said: \"This strategy represents a practical and integrated commitment to delivering the principles of high quality, sustainable and inclusive design already set out in PPS1 on delivering sustainable development.
\"We strongly welcome the government's timely commitment to provide new green infrastructure guidance. This should have a practice focus, resolving complexities in delivery and ensuring wide social and environmental benefit.\"
Other key points included:
- New planning policy statements on heritage and green infrastructure.
- A pledge to ensure all new public and private developments are built to the highest design standards.
- Significant public sector project will have the opportunity to be advised or reviewed by CABE.
- The establishment of an integrated set of design quality standards.
Thomson noted that government is merely committing to 'think' about adding quality targets to departmental objectives and that some proposed actions are either already underway or not fully resolved.
He added: \"The proposal to develop national indicators for delivering quality places chimes closely with our own recently developed quality indicators research. We need to ensure place quality is not lost on delivery.\"