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Terence Conran to judge government housing design contest

Terence Conran with housing minister Grant Shapps is planning to launch a contest inviting communities to design their own neighbourhoods

Planned to open in the autumn, the competition is part of a government drive to boost public involvement in the design and build of new homes.

The programme aims to challenge scepticism about the quality of new build housing. Designs submitted to the contest will be judged by Terence and industry leaders.

Shapps said: ‘I’m delighted that Sir Terence Conran, a leading light of the design industry, is helping us launch this competition, which will harness the creativity of communities.’

Conran said: ‘I want the competition to inspire communities up and down the country to really think about the places in which they want to live, what they want to see and how they can make a difference. I look forward to launching it later this year, and seeing how creative Britain can be.’

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