Gotcha: Source spills beans on traditional Scruton schemes

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Commission wants to revive ‘wrongly abandoned’ housing types including thatched cottages and back-to-backs

A new generation of traditionally built thatched cottages and the recreation of “wrongly abandoned” high-density housing types such as the back-to-back will be among the recommendations of Roger Scruton’s controversial Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, BD has learnt.

It emerged today that the commission has already outlined its broad-brush thinking to the housing secretary – and that he is keen to make traditional methods of construction a requirement of government tenders.

A Ministry of Housing source familiar with the panel’s most recent quarterly “catch-up” meeting said the Scruton team believed boosting traditional typologies could account for up to 41% of MHCLG’s targeted 300,000 homes a year.

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