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How do we create a better built environment

Issues around housing and the built environment are a pressing concern in England with parts of the country facing acute housing shortages and an affordability crisis, while the legacy of poorly planned and designed developments can blight communities.

Objectives of the consultation

The House of Lords has established a Select Committee to consider ‘the development and implementation of national policy for the built environment’. The Committee will seek to establish what steps can be taken to ensure better planning and design and whether we have the right balance between national policy and local accountability for planning decisions. It will also examine the pressing national need for appropriate homes for a changing population, bearing in mind that decisions taken today will have continuing effects in the years to come.

The new Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment published its call for written evidence on 27 July 2015, setting out the scope of the inquiry. The Committee welcomed comments on past and present practices where they illustrate the lessons that should be learned for built environment policy in the future.

The call for evidence closed on 6 October 2015.

Supporting papers

To download the call for evidence paper, please follow the link below.

CIBSE response

CIBSE response to this call for evidence was published, amongst other submissions, on the Built Environment Committee website. To read CIBSE response please follow the link below.