Civic Voice provides evidence to the England’s Building Better Commission

housesCivic Voice has presented evidence to the Government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

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Civic Voice writes:

We were pleased when Sir Roger Scruton, chair of the Commission, introduced the session and said, ‘Civic Voice is right at the top of the list of organisations to be invited in. You are the community voice’. It is pleasing they think of us like this! In our verbal evidence, we emphasised:

  • That the civic movement is a national network with 256 members in 70% of local authorities.
  • We need more meaningful and  not meaningless participation at the plan making stage.
  • We shared ideas about how to give civic societies a more formal rolein the planning system and suggested the idea about introducing the Welsh version of pre-application consultation into the English planning system.
  • We said that developers need to be persuaded to build different types of homes.
  • We highlighted the Civic Voice Design Awards with particular reference to the housing category.
  • We finished by saying that we need greater education/capacity building support to assist communities to engage positively in the process e.g. Building for Life 12 training (see below).

Sir Roger Scruton ended the meeting by saying, ‘it was a very interesting conversation and that he was sorry not be able to discuss longer with us, but that the Commission will certainly be in touch to discuss further’.

We will continue to engage with the Commission, as we feel it is essential that a genuine community voice is heard by any Government Commission. Civic Voice will be publishing the full results of our Building Better, Building Beautiful survey on May 7th at a Parliamentary meeting with the Planning Minster, Kit Malthouse MP. This will be invitation only for Civic Voice members.

See more background from Civic Voice

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