The delivery of this vision for beauty is reliant on a coordinated response from all in the private and public sector, but do the public sector have the skills to deliver this? 

The Place Alliance published a report last week call the ‘Design Deficit’ that reviews the design skills within English Local Authorities.  This reveals that two fifths of local planning authorities do not have access to urban design advice; almost two thirds no landscape advice; three quarters no architectural advice.  This means that in many local authority areas, there is no design expertise, which will impact on the ability to ask for good design, educate the community members and planning officers and proactively lead on design codes and planning guidance.