April 2021

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In this issue

Beauty contest

The government has launched a new draft National Model Design Code with proposals to include the word "beauty" in planning rules. Mark Smulian reports on how this might affect the industry

The beauty quandary

Ministers want "beauty" embedded in planning - but what does that mean? David Birkbeck of Design for Homes gives his verdict on recent schemes that have won awards for their design

A view on design

Park View, Woodstock, has been referenced as a good example of beautiful design. Suzie Mayes talks to its creators, Graham Flint, md of Pye Homes Blenheim and Dominic Hare, ceo of Blenheim Estate

The Interview - Andy Hill, Hill

After a productive 2020, Andy Hill, ceo of Hill, talks to Suzie Mayes about his recent highlights and challenges, and how the pandemic has helped his business make improvements

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The Interview Sue Scholfield, Vistry Western

Sue Scholfield, Vistry Western’s sales and marketing director, was crowned winner of 2021’s Housebuilder Star Award for calmly stepping up to regional acting md at the time of a merger followed by a pandemic. She talks to Suzie Mayes

Sustainable supply

In a sustainability and green agenda special, Suzie Mayes looks at how the supply industry is helping housebuilders meet upcoming regulatory changes and the demands of the Future Homes Standard and biodiversity

Healthy new homes design

Barbara Akinkunmi, assistant design manager at Lovell London, explains how good housing design can aid the health and wellbeing of young people

In neutral

The requirements for water and nutrient neutrality are stalling planning permissions for thousands of homes. Mark Smulian looks at the issues and the possible solutions