We Back Beauty is a campaign to restore beauty to the heart of public policy & local planning in the UK.
23 July 2015
Dame Fiona Reynolds discusses how our new report ‘absolutely hits the nail on the head’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
26 August 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
06 November 2015
Property Week: Finalists revealed for 2015 LSH Enterprise Award
Read ResPublica’s submission here