“Building better places” report by House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy on the Built Environment

Wednesday 24 February 2016

16:30 - 17:45

NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

This NLA talk given by Prof Matthew Carmona, Specialist advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment, will be the first briefing and debate on the findings of the Committee, to be published on Friday 19th February.

This thorough and wide-ranging report looks at national and local policy on the built environment as it effects, amongst other things, housing, planning and quality of place in England.  A panel of experts will respond to the report, discussing how the professions and industry should respond to the report’s findings and pulling out key issues for London. 
 
The report is now available here and has looked at key questions including:
 

-       What role should national policymakers play in shaping our built environment?
-       What role should the Government play in seeking to address current issues of housing supply?
-       How do we develop built environments which are sustainable and resilient?
-       Do the professions and agencies involved in this area have the skills to consider the built environment in a holistic manner?
-       Are we using the right tools and techniques to promote high quality design and ‘place-making’?
-       How could we improve consideration of the impacts of the built environment upon the health of users and upon behaviours within communities?
-       How is the planning system and national planning policy performing on issues like the green belt, land supply, and the delivery of housing?

More information on the House of Lords National Policy on the Built Environment Committee can be found here.

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Matthew Carmona, Professor of Planning & Urban Design, The Bartlett School of Planning and Specialist Advisor to the Committee
Max Farrell, Project Leader, The Farrell Review
Peter Bishop, Professor of Urban Design, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL 
Esther Kurland
, Director, Urban Design London
Peter Murray, Chairman, NLA (Chair)

 

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