Why Leafy Suburbs Will Be All The Rage
When we think about leafy suburbs, we probably visualise pleasant areas on the outskirts of cities and large towns. Properties in a leafy suburb are not only cheaper to buy or rent, they’re also in pretty locations. So what’s not to like?
But lush greenery will one day come as standard in the same way kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms do. Why? The government have outlined a new national model design code. The idea behind the guidelines is to create a higher standard of new build homes.
And it will put local communities at the heart of plans. Residents and planners will have the power to reject any plans they don’t like.
Councils will be asked to do the following when building new homes:
- Build them on tree-lined streets.
- Make sure there is access to nearby green space.
- Use materials and designs that reflect the identity of the areas. For example, stonework for major cities like Bristol and Oxford and red bricks for northern towns.
The code is also an extension of the existing National Policy Planning Framework.
In years to come, there could realistically be a surge in people moving to leafy suburbs if new build houses get completed in line with the guidance. After all, a street full of trees can’t really be an eyesore? And the news has been well-received by some developers already.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick summed up the plans by saying: “After the upheavals of the past 16 months, many people are rethinking what they want from their homes and local communities.”