Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th September 2019.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Chair, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made against the commitment set out in the Loneliness Strategy to hold a roundtable with key representatives from the housing sector who are addressing loneliness, to inform the development of Planning Practice Guidance which will be published to support the recently revised National Planning Policy Framework.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

We appointed an external consultant to work with us to develop the design guide and it was agreed that a more interactive workshop approach would be more effective. Therefore, two workshops have been held in which the content of the illustrated design guide, part of the Planning Practice Guidance, was discussed. The discussion was broader than loneliness, but creating inclusive homes and places, which encourage community cohesion and a sense of identity were covered and will be incorporated within the manual.

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