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Planners told: 'be bold!' -- just say no to bad housing design

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CABE chief executive Jon Rouse was set to throw down the design gauntlet to housebuilders and planners this week, declaring that the former were still putting forward too many badly designed schemes and the latter were giving too many of them planning permission.

Rouse was set to tell a conference on PPG3and design that planning authorities need to be bold - and that schemes like Bath's Royal Crescent would never have happened with today's planners.

Developers and planners must instead embrace government guidance with compact, higher-density, better-designed, mixed housing forms. RIBA president Marco Goldschmied agreed, saying the planning system needed 'more teeth' on the issue.

However, of 56 on the conference delegate list only three - from Bryant Homes and Countryside Properties - were from housebuilders.

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