Writing in the Times, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has revealed plans to give local communities the power to set design standards for all new housing developments. The aim is to improve the look and quality of housing, with developers obliged to adhere to the character of the areas where they are built. Any planning proposal that does not meet the new criteria will be automatically rejected by councils. The Government is publishing a draft national design code which provides a checklist of design principles that councils should consider for new developments. Local residents must be consulted, and they will be supported by a new national Office for Place.
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