Local communities 'to be at the heart of new development designs'


Local communities will have powers to make sure that new developments in their area are 'beautiful and well-designed', under proposals outlined by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

The measures mean the word "beauty' will be specifically included in planning rules for the first time since the system was created in 1947, returning to a previous time when there was a greater emphasis on whether a building was considered attractive to local people.

It is the government's ambition that every council will produce a local design code and guide, to set expectations for beauty and well-designed homes and places in their local area and to give a simple process to local communities so they can have their say. 

The key proposals are:

  • Every council to create their own local design code so new developments can reflect what local communities truly want.

  • New 'Office for Place' to be set up, to help communities turn these designs into a local standard for all new developments.

  • More funding to help communities nominate local historic buildings for listing.

  • Proposals mean local communities will have the power to decide what buildings in their areas should look like.

The link below is to the relevant page of the UK Government website where full details of this proposals are set out.