This week saw the publication of a report, A Housing Design Audit for England, produced by CPRE in partnership with Place Alliance. The report is an audit of over 140 housing developments built in England since 2007.

The report found that one in five of these developments should have been refused planning permission due to poor design that is contrary to National Planning Policy Framework advice. A further 54% shouldn’t have been granted planning permission without significant improvements to their design.  

The report makes recommendations for government, house builders and local authorities.  The local authority recommendations are on page 11 and are particularly relevant to district councils working on local plans and making decisions about applications for large housing schemes. There are also recommendations on highway design relevant to county councils responsible for local roads.