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APDIG, WSBF and leading architects discuss Design and the Future of Housing Policy

APDIG, WSBF and leading architects discuss Design and the Future of Housing Policy

2nd May 2018

The All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group and the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) were delighted to delighted to host a panel discussion and symposium on Monday 30th April February 2018 to discuss how good design must be placed at the heart of housing and development policy.

Held in Committee Room 8 in the House of Commons, the panel members were joined by an audience of over thirty senior academics, parliamentarians and policy makers to examine how design can be embedded in housing policy.

With economists and planners holding that the United Kingdom requires 300,000 new homes being built every year for the next decade to address the current shortage, the design of these homes and the wider built environment has often been forgotten or outright ignored by policy makers. The panel follows on from last year's report by the Design Commission: People and Places; Design of the Built Enviorment and Behaviour.

The panel discussion was hosted by Barry Sheerman MP, Co-Chair of the APDIG and brought together four senior figures specialising in the subject:

The panel discussion was followed by an extensive conversation with the audience, which – together with the speeches from the panel members – will be developed into a wider term paper to suggest ways in which national and local government, together with the private sector, can make design an integral aspect of housing policy and help to create better communities.