University to host planning minister for national housing event

Planning minister Nick Boles MP will deliver a speech on housing design quality at Nottingham Trent University on Thursday 3 April.

He will discuss the new Government-endorsed house building industry standard, Built for Life, which was co-written by Nottingham Trent University.

The voluntary standard will for the first time allow homebuyers to identify well-designed new build homes and neighbourhoods. It will also help local communities become more involved the planning process.

Developments which achieve the requirements of Built for Life are accredited to help home buyers easily find the best developments in their area.

The primary authors of Built for Life are Stefan Kruczkowski, lecturer in Urban Design at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment and David Birkbeck, chief executive of Design for Homes, a not-for-profit group which champions good design.

The consortium behind Built for Life is the Design Council, Design for Homes and the Home Builders Federation, with support from Nottingham Trent University.

During his visit, Mr Boles will launch the new Built for Life website and announce the second round of Built for Life schemes, which is expected to include a large number of schemes. The first round was announced by Mr Boles in Westminster in February last year.

The event will take place at the university’s Newton building in Nottingham city centre. Delegates will include house builders, industry professionals and Nottingham Trent University students with academic interests in house building.

Peter Westland, dean of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, will welcome Mr Boles to the university.

“This is a national event which recognises the fact that we’re are the leading university in both research and teaching in Built for Life,”

“Our postgraduate course which focuses on Built for Life is the only one of its kind in the UK and will become even more popular now that the accreditation scheme is going from strength to strength.

“I look forward to greeting Mr Boles to our City site campus and meeting the delegates ahead of what promises to be an exciting day. It will also offer industry representatives to meet some of talented students who will become the house builders of tomorrow.”

Mr Boles said:

“Built for Life principals show the importance of good design in creating vibrant places and beautiful buildings and the benefits it can bring in making development acceptable to people living next door. They are an incredibly useful guide for all involved in development and bring big benefits for both builders and buyers.”