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Planning system can deliver beautiful places, Beauty Commission says

09 July 2019

The Government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission has published its interim findings today on how England should tackle the challenge of poor-quality design and build of homes and places.


The Commission’s proposals began by saying “the planning system and development market can deliver beautiful places today. But they do so far too rarely. The aim of future planning and development should be place-making, remodeling existing settlements and delivering enough good, beautiful, sustainable settlements in the right places in which people can live and work in ways that support choice, economic growth and progress, sustainability and healthy lifestyles.”.

Welcoming the report, RTPI President Ian Tant said:

“The Commission has helpfully steered the conversation about beauty to place-making and location of developments and crucially places importance on the planning system and planners to play a decisive role in changing the status quo.  

“Beautiful buildings and places all require a well-resourced planning system. It is time national and local governments heeded the Commission’s wide-ranging recommendations to use the planning function more creatively for place-making rather than development control, resource it properly and support it with more formal design policies and codes, to bring about a step change in the way the country builds.

“There is much to be welcomed in this interim report. We look forward to the opportunity to continued collaboration with the Commission and Commissioners”.

The RTPI provided evidence to the Commission based on its recently published report on Planning and Design Quality.

Read the Commission’s full report here.

Image: The Wintles, Shropshire (Credit: The Living Village Trust)