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CABE calls for design to be central to sustainable development

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Design Council CABE has urged the government to place design at the centre of any presumption in favour of sustainable development, claiming it will ‘provide confidence to both local authorities and communities that developments are fit for their local context’

This week the council set out its recommendations on how the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) could be ‘strengthened’ to meet the Government’s objectives of raising design standards and achieving ‘sustainable development’.

Paul Finch, Chair of Design Council CABE board, said: ‘The NPPF should ensure that economic, social and environmental considerations are balanced to achieve true sustainable development. We believe a good design process is an essential part of any methodology to achieve this, and hope that the Government will include this in the definition of sustainable development as part of its commitment to a high quality built environment.’

The board has also criticised the lack of assessment for green infrastructure within sustainable developments and is concerned for the transition period going into the new planning policy. CABE recommends that ‘local authorities are given the appropriate resources and have access to independent expert support in order to develop or update their Local Plan.’

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  • John Kellett

    Can we also hope that the "independent expert support" is paid for and by appropriately qualified persons, that "good design" is prepared by qualified professionals and that said good design will be judged by those qualified to do so?

    I was at a conference recently where a DCLG official stated that it was EXPECTED that the professional advice required under the 'localism' aspect of the NPPF would be provided pro bono!

    At the moment we have a situation arising where designs are often prepared, assessed and judged by those without the wherewithal to know whether it is "good" or not. The expectation of free design advice is unlikely to be an improvement.

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