In May Steve Quartermain wrote to LPAs to reaffirm the Government’s commitment to good design. Referring to the demise of CABE, the letter confirms that in future the Design Council will take responsibility for providing guidance on the “design of homes and neighbourhoods.” In particular, the letter says, “the Design Council will:-

  • Provide support for and encourage design review of new housing, neighbourhoods and mixed development schemes particularly at the local level.
  • Provide support for and encourage and enable others to provide design advice at local level and to communities who wish to engage in this area.
  • Provide support for and encourage design review for nationally important schemes.”