The government publishes its response to the “Living with Beauty” report …

The government has published the following response to the "Living with Beauty" report (by the "Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission"):

  • January 2020: Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission - Government response to the Living with Beauty report (pdf) (link).


  • The "Introduction" at the start of the above response document includes the following information:
    - "The Government convened the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission with the aim of championing beauty in the built environment, as an integral part of the drive to build the homes that our communities need. Addressing the housing shortage remains one of the central challenges that we face as a country, but we must ensure that we are building homes in the right places, and of high quality, in order to gain the support of local people and deliver beautiful and sustainable environments in which to live.".
    - "Part of making the housing market work for everyone is ensuring that what we build is built to last, and that it respects the integrity of our existing towns, villages and cities. Ultimately, building better and beautiful will help us build more.".
    - "The Government asked the Commission to develop a range of practical measures that would help ensure new housing developments meet the needs and expectations of communities, making them more likely to be welcomed, rather than resisted, by existing communities. The Commission had three primary aims: to promote better design and style of homes, villages, towns and high streets, to reflect what communities want, building on the knowledge and tradition of what they know works for their area; to explore how new settlements can be developed with greater community consent; and to make the planning system work in support of better design and style, not against it.".
    - "The Commission was asked to gather evidence from both the public and private sector to develop practical policy solutions to ensure the design and style of new developments, including new settlements and the country’s high streets, helps to grow a sense of community and place, not undermine it.".
  • The "Overview of the Government’s response to the report" within the above response document includes the following information:
    - "The Government strongly welcomes the Commission’s findings, which set out a broad and important range of actions for the Government, local authorities and the development industry. The Commission has identified a number of areas where the Government can take a stronger lead, and we propose to implement the vast majority of these proposals as set out in this response. These recommendations have informed proposals set out in our planning White Paper Planning for the Future, however many apply to the current planning system and it is critical that local authorities continue to advance local plans, taking into account any changes to planning policy and guidance which are made in response to this report.".
  • Note: The "Living with Beauty" report (by the "Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission") is available here.
  • Note: For more information about the proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in response to the "Living with Beauty" report, please view this post.

Other sources of information:

  • January 2021: Government press release - "All new developments must meet local standards of beauty, quality and design under new rules" (link).