Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission

The commission is an independent body that will advise government on how to promote and increase the use of high-quality design for new build homes and neighbourhoods.

It will be responsible for developing practical measures that will help ensure new housing developments meet the needs and expectations of communities, making them more likely to be welcomed, rather than resisted, by existing communities.

Established by the Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, the commission has 3 primary aims:

  1. To promote better design and style of homes, villages, towns and high streets, to reflect what communities want, building on the knowledge and tradition of what they know works for their area.
  2. To explore how new settlements can be developed with greater community consent.
  3. To make the planning system work in support of better design and style, not against it.

Commissioners will aim to prepare and submit a report to the Ministry of Housing by the end of 2019.

The Terms of Reference (PDF, 175KB, 2 pages) sets out the commission’s responsibilities and ways of working.

Get involved: call for evidence

The commission is keen to hear your views on how to improve the design of homes and neighbourhoods through the planning and development process.

Please read our policy on collecting data (PDF, 95.5KB, 2 pages) .

Respond to our call for evidence on this survey link.

You can also contact the commission via:

The commission would be grateful for responses to the call for evidence by Friday 31 May 2019.


  • Chair: to be confirmed
  • Ms Gail Mayhew
  • Ms Mary Parsons
  • Mr Nicholas Boys Smith
  • Mr Kim Wilkie

Specialist advisors

  • Stephen Stone, Executive Chairman of Crest Nicholson
  • Sunand Prasad, Senior Partner and co-founder of Penoyre & Prasad and past President of the RIBA
  • Ben Bolgar, Senior Director of Prince’s Foundation
  • Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge
  • Adrian Penfold OBE, Advisor in Planning and Public Affairs
  • Peter Studdert, Chair of Quality Review Panels for the LLDC and LB of Haringey
  • Patrick James, Founding Director of The Landscape Agency
  • Paul Monaghan, Director of AHMM and Design Council Trustee
  • Yolande Barnes, Professor of Real Estate at UCL

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