Promoting Regional Architecture and Design

Neil asked Local Government Ministers to promote local and regional designs when constructing new houses. All the evidence suggests that when architects and developers use traditional design styles - that are sympathetic to local architecture - residents are far more likely to approve plans for new homes:

Neil Parish: Over the years, planning has not taken enough notice of local and regional designs, so will Ministers get planning authorities to concentrate on that? A great garden village is being promoted at Cullompton—it has a water park and everything—which will be a very good design.

Gavin Barwell (Housing Minister): My hon. Friend makes the very important point that getting good-quality design is key to the acceptability of building more housing. I had the great privilege recently of meeting him and some of his constituents to talk about the contribution that neighbourhood planning can make towards achieving that goal.

You can watch Neil's question at this link.