IHBC & partners on draft ‘NPPF & Design’ featured in Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW)

websiteThe IHBC partnership calling for better design standards in the evolving National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been featured in the weekly Newsletter of Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host partner of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – and sent to DBW’s 7500+ registered users, extending further the heritage sector’s reach across the development and construction sector.

The IHBC writes:
The IHBC and partners including Civic Voice, Place Alliance and the Urban Design Group, have written to the Secretary of State at England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) asking government ‘to use the opportunity provided by the revision of the National Planning Policy Framework [NPPF] to more forcefully demonstrate the desire of the Government to see better design everywhere’…

The partners write:
‘We, the Academy of Urbanism, Civic Voice, Design Network, Institute of Historic Building Conservation, Place Alliance, and Urban Design Group very much welcome the great interest your Ministry has shown in the need for a better designed built environment as demonstrated in the recent MHCLG Design Conference. We have come together to urge you to go even further, and in particular to use the opportunity provided by the revision of the National Planning Policy Framework to more forcefully demonstrate the desire of the Government to see better design everywhere. Whilst the draft NPPF has many positive things to say about the importance of design quality, as currently worded the design paragraphs lack clout. High quality design can all too easily be seen as ‘nice to have’ but ‘easy to ignore’ rather than an essential dimension of good planning and a rightful expectation of communities everywhere….’

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