Homes England and the Design Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that commits the organisations to a working partnership to promote quality place-making and contribute to the evidence that high-quality design in housing developments creates long-term benefits for society and the economy.
Homes England’s Chief Executive Nick Walkley and the Design Council’s Chief Executive Sarah Weir will sign the partnership agreement at the Government’s Design Quality Conference, which will bring together key stakeholders from the Government and industry to discuss achieving well-designed places. The Minister for Housing and Planning, Dominic Raab MP, will be joining the conference to give a keynote speech, alongside a host of other speakers from industry, government and local authorities.
The MoU between Homes England and the Design Council will see both organisations jointly expand and enhance their efforts to raise the bar on design quality.
The MoU will see the Government’s national housing agency and the independent national charity for design collaborate on the development of design policies, particularly in relation to housing led development and planning new places. They will also work together to enhance understanding of emerging trends and design domain developments, and the sharing of design knowledge and resources through existing and new initiatives.
Nick Walkley, Homes England Chief Executive, said: “Homes England is committed to delivering high-quality places and promoting well-designed housing developments. We intend to expand our own design capability and the exciting partnership we’ve agreed with the Design Council means we can go further more quickly to ensure that quality is integral to the creation of new places and redevelopment of our towns and cities.”
Sarah Weir, Chief Executive of the Design Council, said: “This partnership is about collaboration and co-ordination. Not just to increase the evidence base but show how high-quality design can create lasting change which is beneficial to society. The Design Council is delighted to be a part of this agreement, which highlights a joint commitment to quality place-making, ensuring design is at the heart of future housing developments and recognising the importance of connecting new homes to infrastructure, jobs and green spaces.”