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We Back Beauty is a campaign to restore beauty to the heart of public policy & local planning in the UK.

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Ten Ways the Next Government can Back Beauty

15 May 2017

With a General Election scheduled for June 8th, we are calling on the political parties to address the issue of beauty in the campaign, and for the next Government to consider how it can place beauty at the heart of public policymaking.

Press Release – Building Beautiful Places Will Improve Social Justice For All

29 April 2016


The National Trust and Woodland Trust have joined leading politicians and policy makers to launch a campaign to challenge the injustice which stops less well off people having access to beautiful places and green spaces, independent think tank ResPublica announced today.

A Community Right to Beauty – report

23 July 2015

ResPublica’s report, A Community Right to Beauty: Giving communities the power to shape, enhance and create beautiful places, buildings and spaces, argues for the restoration and democratisation of beauty in public policy.


MPs who
Back Beauty


John Hayes MP speech to Backing Beauty Reception

18 July 2017

John Hayes MP, Minister of State at the Department for Transport, gave the keynote address at the ResPublica, National Trust, and Woodland Trust Backing Beauty Reception on Monday 17th July.

Duncan Sim in LGC

26 June 2017

Politicians must build beauty into housing policy

Before the election, both the Conservatives and Labour focused on the affordability and supply of housing, and rightly so – despite the most recent figures showing the highest level of new housing delivery since 2008, the UK is still failing to meet the over 200,000 new homes we need annually.

Response to the 2017 Party Manifestos

19 May 2017

With all three major party manifestos (Labour, Liberal Democrat, and Conservative) released this week, we now know what the parties have planned on the key election issues.

Beauty Bulletin #10

09 March 2017

The tenth monthly update from ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission, featuring news and comment from February 2017

ResPublica evidence cited in CLG Committee Public Parks Report

11 February 2017

The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee has today published its report on Public Parks, featuring evidence submitted by ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission.

Beauty Bulletin #9

09 February 2017

The ninth monthly update from ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission, featuring news and comment from January 2017

Backing Beauty response to Housing White Paper

07 February 2017

Responding to the Government White Paper, Fixing our broken housing market, published earlier today, Backing Beauty policy lead Duncan Sim said the following:

Beauty Bulletin #8

05 January 2017

The eighth monthly update from ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission, featuring news and comment from December 2016

Government supports ResPublica call for estate residents’ charter

09 December 2016

The Government’s estate regeneration strategy published yesterday includes strong support for placing residents “at the centre of reshaping their estates”, as called for by ResPublica.

Beauty Bulletin #7

08 December 2016

The seventh monthly update from ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission, featuring news and comment from November 2016

ResPublica speaks at RIAI Conference 2016, Dublin

29 November 2016

Autumn Statement response

23 November 2016

As part of ResPublica’s response to the 2016 Autumn Statement, Duncan Sim, Backing Beauty Commission policy lead, said the following:

How the Government can Back Beauty in the Autumn Statement

16 November 2016

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 23rd, we outline what the Government can do to put beauty front and centre across ten different policy areas.

Chair of DEFRA Committee praises our campaign

04 November 2016

Beauty Bulletin #6

04 November 2016

The sixth monthly update from ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission, featuring news and comment from October 2016

Mike Saunders – Meeting in the Middle: A Grounded Approach to the London Plan

01 November 2016

As the Mayor of London sets out his new vision for housing in London, Mike Saunders, CEO of Commonplace, makes the case for Londoners to be empowered via new technology to put forward their own visions.

ResPublica speaks at The Social Value of Beauty Conference, Rome

19 October 2016

ResPublica evidence to CLG Committee parks inquiry

11 October 2016

ResPublica’s evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry on the future of public parks is available to view online.

Briefing on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill

10 October 2016

Ahead of the Second Reading of the Neighbourhood Planning Bill on 10th October 2016, ResPublica produced this briefing note on the Bill’s content.

Duncan Sim in the Municipal Journal

06 October 2016

Planning for Prosperity

According to Government statistics, more than 200 Neighbourhood Plans have now been approved through local referenda. A further 1,900 neighbourhood plan areas have been designated, the first step in the neighbourhood plan creation process.

Beauty Bulletin #5

06 October 2016

The fifth monthly update from ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission, featuring news and comment from September 2016

Building Beauty: Steering Group letter to The Times

03 October 2016

This letter originally appeared in The Times on Monday 3rd October 2016. The letter can be seen on The Times website here.


Backing Beauty at the Conservative Party Conference

15 September 2016

If you’re heading to Birmingham for the Conservative Party Conference this year, join us on Monday evening to debate how to make our cities more beautiful!

Beauty Bulletin #4

09 September 2016

The fourth monthly update from ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission, featuring news and comment from August 2016

Roundtable – Investing in a beautiful public realm

05 August 2016

Held on 20th July 2016, this discussion examined new ways to increase local investment and civil society involvement in creating a better public realm.

Beauty Bulletin #3

04 August 2016

The third monthly update from ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission, featuring news and comment from July 2016

Graham Duxbury – Start in the Park

03 August 2016

Chief Executive of Groundwork UK, Graham Duxbury, celebrates the impact parks can have on our lives

Close your eyes and think back to a place from your childhood in which you were happy.

Phillip Blond speech at the Academy of Urbanism

27 July 2016

Noel Farrer – Protectionism does not serve beauty

26 July 2016

Noel Farrer, Past President of the Landscape Institute and Creative Director of Farrer Huxley Associates, argues that approaching beauty through the lens of conservation cannot achieve its provision for all

I read with interest ResPublica’s report A Community Right to Beauty

Beauty Bulletin #2

11 July 2016

The second monthly update from ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission, featuring news and comment from June 2016

Beauty Bulletin #1

03 June 2016

The first monthly update from ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission, covering news and comment from May 2016

Duncan Sim in Local Government Chronicle

24 May 2016

Whitehall’s attitude to St Ives’ poll shows little regard for localism

Among the community rights introduced in the Localism Act 2011, perhaps the most significant was neighbourhood planning.

Civic Voice backs our campaign

06 May 2016

Aaron O’Dowling-Keane – Democratising Beauty

06 May 2016

Spacehive’s Aaron O’Dowling-Keane explains how crowdfunding turned a disused flyover into an elevated park

ResPublica’s report ‘A Community Right to Beauty’ reveals what we’ve always really known but no-one was talking about – that beauty in all its wonderful, subjective glory is important.

Woodland Trust – Backing Beauty Partner

29 April 2016

National Trust – Backing Beauty Partner

29 April 2016

English Heritage

29 April 2016

Back Beauty in your Neighbourhood Plan

29 April 2016

Create Streets on beauty & place

29 April 2016

CPRE supports Backing Beauty

29 April 2016

ResPublica – Backing Beauty

29 April 2016

Ben Bolgar – Transforming Lives by Creating Beauty

28 April 2016

The Prince’s Foundation’s Ben Bolgar sets out the transformative effect beauty can have on people’s lives

ResPublica’s call to arms for the democratisation of beauty strikes a chord with The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.

The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community

28 April 2016

Richard Tracey – The Landscape for Prosperity

28 April 2016

Richard Tracey of Atlantic Gateway Parklands examines how cities can benefit from beauty in their rural surroundings

In their 2011 book Edgelands, Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts set out to explore the wilderness on our doorstep – the forgotten spaces and wasted lands in, around and between our major cities.

ResPublica evidence cited by House of Lords Built Environment Select Committee

22 February 2016

ResPublica’s submission to the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment (available to download here) has been cited in the Committee’s Report ‘Building Better Places’.

Caroline Julian in the New Statesman

21 January 2016

The right to live in a beautiful place is more important than you think

ResPublica’s call for the transformation of sink estates into beautiful places adopted by the Prime Minister

11 January 2016

This week, the Prime Minister announced that some of the UK’s least attractive housing estates are to be torn down and replaced with attractive, safe homes: a move we called for in our Community Right to Beauty report.

Duncan Sim on Conservative Home

27 November 2015

Direct Planning: the what, the why, and the wider significance

Nicholas Boys Smith on ResPublica Disraeli Room

20 November 2015

The Direct Planning (Pilot) Bill – Changing the Question

ResPublica entry shortlisted for LSH Enterprise Award

06 November 2015

Property Week: Finalists revealed for 2015 LSH Enterprise Award

Read ResPublica’s submission here

Europa Nostra

25 July 2015

Duncan Sim on Conservative Home

23 July 2015

Communities should have a local right to beauty

Nick Hurd MP welcomes our report

23 July 2015

Our polling partners Ipsos MORI

23 July 2015

Sir Terry Farrell Backs Beauty

23 July 2015

Ecclesiastical Insurance

23 July 2015

Nick Herbert MP Backs Beauty

23 July 2015

Andrew Boff AM

23 July 2015

BBC Radio 4 Today

23 July 2015

David Janner-Klausner on ResPublica Disraeli Room

19 July 2015

Beauty and influence in the new local paradigm

Mike Wilkins on ResPublica Disraeli Room

15 December 2014

Architecture and Happiness – or who deserves good design?