Possibly a good idea, but there seems to be something wrong with where the proposal is coming from. Can’t put my finger on it though…
The Prince’s Foundation, Charles’s architectural charity, has already sought greater public input for a string of new developments across Britain.
Described as “enquiry by design” (EBD), the approach allows residents to contribute directly to the masterplan of a new development. They would decide what features to include, such as parks, and even determine the style of architecture to be used for homes.
Architects and planners would be obliged to take account of these demands when refining designs. At the moment, the public is only consulted after plans have been drawn up.