A Housing Design Audit for England revealed that three quarters of new housing developments were mediocre or poor when assessed against a broad basket of urban design considerations. Given that, why isn’t more of it simply rejected by the planning system?

Answers can be found in earlier Place Alliance research which examined Councillors’ Attitudes to Residential Design.

On the 20th July last year, a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published containing new, very clear and unambiguous words on design. 

So has this made a difference? Evidence in our new Place Alliance report – Appealing Design – suggests yes!