Farrell Review 'must not collect dust'

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) says the government must not allow an influential report calling for better design education in local councils to “gather dust on the shelf”, but must take action now.

The final version of the Farrell Review called, among other things, for planning fees to be used to recruit more “design-literate” planners and for both local councillors and highways engineers to be given basic design education in the same way councillors currently get legal and financial education.

RIBA president Stephen Hodder said he was particularly pleased to see the year-long report take up RIBA’s call for a more consistent approach to design across government and for stronger leadership from decision makers.

The review was commissioned by culture minister Ed Vaizey and led by architect Sir Terry Farrell.

Hodder said: “This has been sorely lacking over the years and we hope that government will map out in detail how it will take the review's recommendations forward. Government must not allow the report to gather dust on the shelf – they need to take responsibility for implementing it in partnership with industry.”

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