Design Council has called for a new cross-government strategy and a commitment from all political parties to deliver and inspire public demand for high quality design in the built environment. Through the experience of its Cabe team and in consultation with its network of Built Environment Experts the Design Council has identified the following key recommendations to the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment to put to government:
1. A new cross-government strategy to deliver policy aspirations to achieve high quality results
There is not currently a long-term cohesive approach to delivering better quality places in the UK. A new strategy for architecture and the built environment is needed to deliver the government’s aspirations set out in policies such as the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for high quality buildings, spaces and places for everyone.
2. Invest and strengthen mechanisms for delivery
Over the last fifteen years the Cabe team at the Design Council has developed and delivered proven mechanisms such as Design Review, if used consistently these mechanisms have been proven to help deliver good design. It is critical as part of any new government strategy that these mechanisms and urban design expertise are made accessible to all participants in planning to help ensure that quality is not compromised at any stage of the process
3. Government demonstrating leadership as a client
The government through its public building programmes (including housing, infrastructure and schools) has power to demonstrate excellence whilst delivering value for money.
4. Empowering local decision makers to identify and refuse bad design
Local government is critical in the delivery of great places and should also take responsibility for the delivery of the new strategy. A local councillor can influence the future of an area and has the opportunity to make it a great place to live and work. All councillors with responsibility for planning should therefore have mandatory training on urban design and the built environment to enable them to make informed decisions at committee. Across all services, councils have told us they want three things: mentoring (professional support), inspiration and information (on-line resources with practical advice and digital platforms to stimulate debate).
SOURCE | Design Council (UK)