Published: 14th Nov 2018

Sam Dewar, director at DPA Planning, discusses why quality design shouldn’t be overlooked in the clamour to build more homes. The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published in July provides a comprehensive approach to building more homes, quicker than ever before, in the locations where people want to live and raise a family. But it unquestionably also places extra emphasis on good quality design across the housing spectrum, with implications for applicants and planning authorities. A closer examination of the revised framework reveals a stronger emphasis on a culture of design than existed in its predecessor – that’s for sure. And those involved in the planning process must understand this.  However, the cynics will say that central government is seemingly obsessed with increasing housing densities at the expense of interesting, game-changing design. I find it hard to believe that you can reconcile both – it’s impossible to have both … (To read the full article, subscribe below)