If the prime minister is serious about building sustainable communities, here's how

index crop_Ben Bolgar, Senior Director, The Prince's Foundation

Everyone agrees we should be producing better housing. What we need now are some more built success stories

The prime minister - who heralded a new era of council house building during her address to the Tory Party conference this month - drew a round of applause with another speech a few weeks earlier, at the National Housing Federation’s annual summit, when she said that on new mixed-tenure developments the social housing should not be tucked away behind the private homes – out of site, out of mind.

She also stressed that you shouldn’t be able to tell which are market rate and which affordable by looking at them and that they should all be equally attractive. In reference to the trade-off between quantity, quality and affordability she cited Nansledan, in Newquay, a Prince’s Foundation and Duchy of Cornwall development for 4,000 homes, as a good example and case in point. Nansledan has 30% affordable, is both pepper-potted and tenure-blind and isn’t detracting from the sales values that are 20-30% higher than adjacent volume housebuilder schemes.

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