Today’s announcement that 25 areas in England have been awarded a share of £3 million to help them set their own standards for design locally has been welcomed by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
Housing Minister Rt Hon Stuart Andrew MP said that the Pathfinder Programme, which is the latest in plans to ‘level up’ the country, will help turn visions of greener, more beautiful homes and places into standards which developers adhere to.
Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of the RTPI said:
“Today’s announcement of 25 councils and neighbourhood planning groups for the Design Code Pathfinder Programme is encouraging. Together with last year’s Government announcement of the 14 council design code pilot schemes, there is a valuable body of evidence being built for the delivery of best in class design codes.
“The RTPI is particularly keen to see how the Pathfinder schemes can adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to delivery by including planners, local councillors, designers, ecologists, transport planners, civil engineers and energy professions in their preparation.
“I’m looking forward to using my role on the Transition Board for DLUHC’s Office for Place to support these chosen communities to build green, thriving and healthy places.”