The government has also announced plans for a new National Design Code that will be published in the New Year. A new National Design Guide has been issued setting out a blueprint for how local authorities can achieve quality and great design being clear that new builds must fit into existing communities, which means they are more likely to be welcomed by residents and provide places people will love to call home. It recommends what developers need to deliver to help win the support of communities – ensuring new homes are built quicker and better.
In the coming months, every single local authority across the country will be expected to produce their own design guide which reflects their unique setting, character and history, while meeting the expected national standard.
Continuing the government’s ambition is to ensure that communities have a real sense of identity and place, and that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy green spaces nearby, it has confirmed further funding for another round of the Pocket Parks programme.
Following an initial £3.7 million fund that was created for new pocket parks and the refurbishment of existing parks, where over 150 communities right across the country received funding, an additional £1.35 million has been made available to help communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict urban areas into new green spaces.
Reimagined spaces will be used for everything from children’s play areas, to vegetable patches and community events, benefiting the mental and physical health of people who use them. Funded projects will be led by community groups, in partnership with local authorities, to refurbish parks and encourage community activities.
MHCLG Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
“Building new homes isn’t just about bricks and mortar, I want to ensure everyone – including developers – do their bit to protect the environment and give the next generation beautiful, environmentally friendly homes that local communities can support. That’s why I am requiring carbon emissions are cut by up to 80% from 2025 for all new homes and have published a National Design Guide, setting out simply what we expect from new development. We are also reforming the planning system making it faster and more efficient for everyone, from households to large developers, alongside giving families greater freedom to extend their homes to meet their changing needs.”