Javid reveals government focus on housing design

  • 12/12/2017
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Javid reveals government focus on housing design
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has revealed that the government will focus on helping develop the design of homes.

Javid has been vocal about the importance of aesthetic considerations when building new properties, previously noting that ugly homes should not get planning permission.

Speaking last month at the National House Building Council, he said: “One of the single best ways to guarantee that a community will rise up against plans for any kind of development is to try and impose row upon row of identikit red-roofed boxes.

“To put it bluntly, ugly homes don’t get planning permission. And nor should they.”


Raise the bar

In a bid to support this effort to improve builder designs, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is hosting a design conference.

Speaking at the Federation of Master Builders, he said: “In the spring, we will be working with the sector and with local government to host a national housing design conference.

“It will be a showcase for ideas, insights and best practice from across the country and across the world, kicking off a real debate about how we can raise the design bar for everyone.

“But I want you to be building houses that are worthy of your skills as master builders. And this conference will go a long way to help making that happen,” he added.

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