New House of Lords built environment select committee proposed

Placemaking and built environment policy are to be explored in a House of Lords select committee after the general election as a bid for the new, cross-party select committee was submitted by Baroness Janet Whittaker, the vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group, and Baroness Kay Andrews, following discussions with the team that produced last year’s Farrell Review.

Horticulture Week writes:
The review called for more interconnectivity between Government departments, institutions, agencies and professions that shape the built environment and an integral role for landscape.

Chairman of the Farrell Review, Sir Terry Farrell said: ‘I wholeheartedly welcome the creation of a Select Committee for the Built Environment and am enormously grateful to Baroness Janet Whitaker for all she has done to secure it.

‘The stewardship, long-term planning and identity of real places should be a fundamental part of built environment policy. This Select Committee will be a powerful new voice in that debate and we look forward to hearing more detail about its remit in due course.’

The bid followed a proposal by Lord Hunt of Chesterton in a House of Lords debate on the Farrell Review last year, where he pointed out that there had never been a select committee on the subject.

He added: ‘It would be the only way to have a genuine cross-cutting move.’

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