Beautiful places and whopping great elephants

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The new Office for Place has the potential to surpass Cabe, says Matthew Carmona – but there remain some unanswered questions

Yesterday we came to a point of national change, with the launch not only of a new version of the National Planning Policy Framework – with supercharged words on design – but also an Office for Place to help ensure the words are delivered on the ground, and a National Model Design Code to guide the way.

There is of course a big dose of déjà-vu about all of this given that a decade ago, before it was all torn up, we had most of this in place. Today, however, there is growing sense that we are on the cusp of going even further than the likes of Cabe and the old holy book, By Design, were ever able to do:

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