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Building Better Building Beautiful Commission - Call for Evidence

The independent Building Better Building Beautiful (BBBB) Commission has issued a Call for Evidence, closing at the end of May. The RTPI will be answering comprehensively, using the results of the recent RTPI design survey.

What we need most for the Institute's submission are examples of/ relating to recently completed, well-designed housing-led developments.


More details of what is needed are here and copied below, in 3 of the Commission's questions (questions 3,4 and 6).

Details of exemplar developments need to be sent to by 15 May – they can be case studies, projects from your own research (at home or in other countries) or from your professional experience. Please do provide images where you can, that are not subject of copyright.

For ease of reference, here are the 3 questions asked in the Call for Evidence questionnaire that refer to 'evidence' (in effect, examples):

3. Can you provide evidence of the best ways of creating homes and communities that have achieved a) sustainable and walkable densities b) high levels of public support c) high levels of well-being and d) environmental sustainability?

4. Can you provide evidence of ways of creating homes and communities in other countries, which have been successful in achieving a) to d) in question 3?

6. Can you provide evidence on the benefits and problems associated with introducing, and enforcing, design methods such as master-plans, design briefs and design codes, in the creation of homes and communities?

The part being played by the Call for Evidence in the Commission's work was explained in correspondence with the RTPI by the previous Chair as follows:

'The call for evidence is just part of our work to gather evidence from both the public and private sector, and from community representatives and the general public, in order to develop practical policy solutions that will help to ensure the design and style of new developments, including new settlements and the country's high streets, can help to grow a sense of community and place, not undermine it.'