Architecture to move to Communities Department
Posted on: 31/03/2015

David Cameron has announced that architecture will move from the ministry of culture to the communities department. Meaning that architecture will now be involved in the planning and housing portfolios, administrated by Eric Pickles.

This has led to demand for the government to elevate the next planning and housing minister to cabinet, a post currently held by Brandon Lewis.

Cabe chief Clare Devine said: “This is a practical step which we wholeheartedly welcome.

“Given that the department already looks after the means to deliver good quality places – the planning system, local government finance and the community rights programmes – it is a positive move to bring these together.

“We hope this move will mean the delivery of high-quality places moves up the agenda across government. We urge any incoming government to ensure the minister for planning and housing, with this new brief, has a seat in cabinet.”

Cany Ash, of Ash Sakula, said: “Ministries are separated fiefdoms. What I’d like to see would be architecture infiltrating every ministry, just as the built environment is the inescapable context for all aspects of our lives.

“That said, it’s great that architecture is even being thought about in Whitehall, but this is only going to be useful if specific local opportunities and creative solutions are put before generalised policy approaches.”

David Cameron commented on the move: “Responsibility for promoting high-quality design in the built environment will transfer from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to the Department for Communities and Local Government. This change will be effective immediately.”

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