National Planning Policy To Favour Attractive Designs

A couple of months ago, it was announced that some changes were to be made to the National Planning Policy Framework. This government framework outlines England’s planning policies and how these are to be put into real-life application. It was first published in March 2012 but has recently been updated. This is what we’ll be discussing in today’s blog post.

What does the National Planning Policy say?

As you might well know, sustainability is a big part of the National Planning Policy. It’s one of the first items you’ll come across when reading the framework. The government divulge that ‘sustainable development’ should aim to provide a world where ‘future generations’ are not compromised or hindered in any way. And of course, this is massively important. It’s something we’re always working towards at CB Homes – we consider sustainability at every step of our planning and building process. Our upcoming development Sawyers Meadow is a great example. All the houses have electric charging points and the site design, garden size and space between houses are all part of our sustainability focus.

Furthermore, the National Planning Policy outlines how important proper planning is. This may sound obvious but it’s true! The policy states that plan-making should be positive, ‘aspirational but deliverable, timely, effective and ‘unambigious’. We couldn’t agree more and we’re glad that such policies are in place. Here at CB Homes, the planning stage is just as crucial as the building, decorating and moving in stages! But along with thinking about sustainability, producing enough homes for the population and ensuring correct planning, the government have announced a new focus.

How is the framework changing?

This autumn, the National Planning Policy was re-published to include a new focus. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, who are in charge of the framework, made the changes. Essentially, the policy is shifting to concentrate on the design of new homes. Whilst sustainability is still a huge priority (now more than ever), homes can be refused by local councils if the design is not up to scratch. The reason for this change? Apparently, the housing department wants to ensure that the number of houses being built to meet rising demands should never suffer in quality. And we couldn’t agree more!

At CB Homes, aesthetic design is a huge part of our building process. Whilst we must always consider functionality and suitability, we think attractiveness is key. After all, you’ve got to live in that house for a long time to come… why wouldn’t you want it to look stunning?

The design process at CB Homes

When you opt for self-build with us, you’ll be able to see first-hand the amount of thought and detail that goes into our design process. We’ll work closely with the self-builder to give them the best possible design; it’s truly a hand in hand approach. And it’s not just self-builders that are able to enjoy this bespoke design. All of our housing developments are built to bespoke requirements too, so you’ll get a unique home that’s individually yours. We prioritise attractive builds that also blend beautifully into their surroundings, paying close to attention to existing landscapes and materials. We’re happy that this has always been a part of our company ethics. However, we’re even happier now that the concept is backed by the government planning policies!

If you’d like to see how we can make your design dreams become a reality and build your forever home, don’t hesitate to get in touch today on 01829 730244 or send us a message on our contact page.