Traditional architectural styles must be followed when building new homes.

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Traditional architectural styles must be followed when building new homes.

According to Robert Jenrick, homes should be erected in traditional architectural forms on tree-lined streets with access to green space.

As he described a new national model design code, the Housing Secretary made his expectations. “This is about placing communities, not developers, in the driver’s seat to ensure great design,” he added. As part of the initiative, local governments would be urged to create local design guidelines that reflect their heritage.

Traditional stonework will be welcomed in southern cities like Bristol and Oxford, while northern communities will be asked to reflect their redbrick tradition.

The modifications are inspired by Prince Charles, who has advocated traditional architecture with his neo-Georgian constructions in Poundbury, Dorset, and Nansledan, Cornwall.

Mr. Jenrick also revealed a new national planning policy framework, which would advise that developments allow access to nature and integrate biodiversity-enhancing schemes.

As part of a year-long initiative to plant 7,000 hectares of woods, all new streets will be lined with trees.

There will also be a task team to raise standards, which will include developers, architects, and planners.

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