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Steering Committee:

  • Clive Betts MP, Sheffield South East
  • Tom Bloxham MBE, Chairman and Co-Founder, Urban Splash
  • Tony Burton CBE, Founder, Civic Voice
  • Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman, NHS England
  • Wayne Hemingway MBE, former Chair, Building for Life
  • Nick Herbert MP, Arundel and South Downs
  • Simon Murray, Senior Director for Strategy, Curatorship and External Affairs, National Trust
  • Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, Master, Emmanuel College Cambridge
  • Beccy Speight, Chief Executive, Woodland Trust

MPs:

  • Clive Betts MP
  • Mims Davies MP
  • Helen Goodman MP
  • Nick Herbert MP
  • Jonathan Lord MP
  • Neil Parish MP
  • Sir Nicholas Soames MP
  • Sarah Wollaston MP

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Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy

(Individual)

“I very much welcome this seminal report. The exponential growth of neighbourhood planning is creating a vast new opportunity. Up and down the country, communities can make decisions about their own surroundings; and they can bring beauty back into the debates that gave rise to those decisions. Now is the time to make a fuss about beauty – and this paper will help that to happen.”

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National Trust

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Woodland Trust

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Dame Fiona Reynolds, Former Director General of the National Trust

(Individual)

“We all need beauty, and ResPublica’s proposals for a community right to beauty hit the spot at a time when we risk losing engagement in the changes happening around us.”

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Loyd Grossman, Chairman, Heritage Alliance

(Individual)

“The language we use in our efforts to protect, promote and study our heritage too often lacks pleasure and emotion. Let’s not restrict ourselves to just discussing the many economic and social benefits of our historic environment. I welcome the way in which this report boldly reintroduces ‘beauty’ into the vocabulary of the debate around heritage and I also welcome the emphasis it places on promoting local beauty as a way of enriching people’s everyday lives.”

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Dame Tessa Jowell, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

(Individual)

“Access to beautiful places isn’t just a ‘nice to have’- it’s essential for people’s wellbeing. Our cities should give everyone the opportunity to enjoy beauty in their surroundings. And good design does not cost more. I welcome this report’s contribution to the debate, and I hope it will spark some fresh thinking about the planning and design of the built environment.”

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Clare Pardy, Fine Art & Heritage Director, Ecclesiastical Insurance

(Individual)

“There is complete synergy between what ResPublica is seeking to highlight and our own views that heritage is a key component of the fabric of our society.  We feel it is vital to democratise communities to enable them to preserve and develop the beauty of their physical environment. As an insurer, we play a practical role in the preservation of our heritage, but we also feel that it is essential to play a part in raising national awareness of exactly why our heritage should be preserved.  That is why we support moves to ensure that the UK Government is aware of the value of heritage to our social, cultural and economic well-being.”

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Richard Hebditch, External Affairs Director, National Trust

(Individual)

“The National Trust has successfully protected places of beauty and historic interest since it was set up to do that task at the end of the nineteenth century. But now in the 21st century our country needs to create beautiful places in communities across the land and not just protect it isolated special places.  ResPublica’s report clearly shows the need for action to make beauty an everyday experience and the workable policies needed to do that.”

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Andrew Boff AM

(Individual)

“For too long, Londoners have been forced to buy ugly, high-rise box-apartments that give little of value to neighbourhoods or residents. A new Right to Beauty would, for the first time, ensure that those just getting on the ladder have access to attractive and desirable homes. This report from ResPublica highlights the importance of beauty to communities, and illustrates why the local voice must be heard on housing issues.”

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Neil Sinden, former Director of Policy and Campaigns, CPRE

(Individual)

“Beauty improves wellbeing and encourages the prosperity of communities, nature and the environment. But it remains undervalued in political and policy debate, at national and local level. We hope this ground-breaking report will challenge policy makers and politicians to put beauty at the heart of decisions that shape the future of our environment and communities.”

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Sir Terry Farrell, Chair of The Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment

(Individual)

“There needs to be a much greater emphasis on making the ordinary better, rather than concentrating on one off, exceptional buildings. For this reason I warmly welcome this excellent report and the contribution it makes to the debate on how best to involve communities in the appearance of their area, not only with respect to major developments but with an equally valuable focus on the everyday.”

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Richard Tracey, Projects Director, Atlantic Gateway Parklands

(Individual)

“This is a landmark proposition which will help breathe life into the otherwise mundane and drive forward our notion of a landscape for prosperity by empowering creative and community champions to act in making developments in their own neighbourhoods beautiful”

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Julia Unwin CBE, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

(Individual)

“Joseph Rowntree built housing in beautiful green surroundings because he knew how important the environment is for wellbeing. This is as important today as it was then. We know from previous JRF research that people on low incomes are keenly affected by the state of their neighbourhoods and intuit that an improved physical environment would yield social dividends. I strongly commend ResPublica for contributing to an important, but often neglected debate”