Press archive 2020
Inspired by the late philosopher Roger Scruton, the government talks about beauty, but promotes ugly development. If they’re serious about good design, they need a theory that’s not skin-deep. The Bartlett School of Planning has meanwhile reported that most new housing is “just not meeting the basic requirements for civilised living”. New developments, it says, lack amenities such as green space, playgrounds and access to shops. Read more →
An audit carried out by University College London of over 140 housing developments built since 2007 found 75% should not have gone ahead because of their “mediocre” or “poor” design. Architect Matthew Carmona’s team frequently found schemes “dominated by large areas of tarmac for parking and roads that weren’t very easy for people to walk around”. Read more →
A new report damns the design of new housing developments in England as overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’, with less-affluent communities the worst affected, according to a national audit.
The study has already prompted the LGA to press for Right to Buy reform in the upcoming budget and a revocation of the permitted development right.
“It’s really a national tragedy,” said the report’s author Matthew Carmona, a professor at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning.
“The pressure to build is in a sense absolutely right, we need more homes, but we need more homes of a good quality that people can thrive in and communities can grow in,” he said.
Report finds ‘unethical’ housebuilders are designing just 26% of homes well
“Greedy” housebuilders are constructing homes that are overwhelmingly of poor or mediocre design quality, according to a national housing audit conducted by University College London. Read more →
Architects’ Journal – Most new housing so poorly designed it should not have been built, says Bartlett report
Damage is being done to the environment and to residents’ health and quality of life through some of the poor schemes being built, the report says. The most common problem identified was an excess of tarmac or brick paving, due to poorly planned roads and a poor integration of bins and car parking. Read more →
Responding to a housing design audit conducted by UCL for CPRE and the Place Alliance, Cllr David Renard, the Local Government Association’s housing spokesman, said:
“Councils want to work with the Government over the critical need for renewed national leadership on standards for new homes, which would give certainty to councils, developers and communities. These standards should future-proof all new homes, ensuring they are accessible for all ages and all markets, meet the housing needs of our ageing population and are environmentally sustainable.”