Housing commission calls for beautiful building fast track

A new report by the Building Better, Building Beautiful commission has outlined some key advice for the government, which could help more beautiful homes than ever be built here in the UK.

By Hugh Metcalf | 30 January 2020

A report from the Building Better, Building Beautiful commission has recommended new plans to incentivise better-designed projects.

Pocket house in London - photography by edmund sumner -granddesignsmagazine.com

Image: The Pocket House project by Tikari Works made use of under utilised space including garages to find room for a beautiful new home. It was shortlisted for RIBA’s House of the Year 2019. Photography by Edmund Sumner 

A new report by the Building Better, Building Beautiful commission has outlined some key advice for the government, which could help more beautiful homes than ever be built here in the UK. The Living with Beauty report is a 180 page document examining the relationship between architects and the public with housebuilding architecture, with recommendations on how better designed housing could be prioritised across the country.

One of the cornerstone policies of the report from the commission, which was set up as an independent body designed to advise the government on how to promote high-quality design for new build homes and neighbourhoods, is the idea of a ‘fast track’ for homes which qualify as ‘beautiful’.

The report reads: “Our aim is not to abolish the network of planning constraints, but to provide a fast track for beauty that will keep all the precious safeguards in place.” So how could this work and how do we define beauty?