A HOUSING developer will be helping local authorities and communities decide what good quality design looks like in their area.

Blenheim Estate Homes has welcomed the Government’s new national model design code, which was published this week.

The code highlights the importance of nature and access to open spaces as well as utilising local materials to ensure new homes fit in with their environment.

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The Blenheim Estate is among the first of the country’s large estates to adopt landowner legacy principles, inspired by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales stating they have a social, economic and moral responsibility to deliver 'good quality' developments.

Blenheim Estate’s property director Roger File said: “As local landowners we are committed to working with local builders, using local building materials to create high quality homes that will be around for the long term.”

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He added: “As part of that commitment we also want to break the mould of existing housing association provision by universally offering up to 40 per cent discounts to the market rent, allowing local people and key workers access to truly affordable homes.

“We’re also calling on the Government to stipulate all new homes must be built to the UK Passive House Standard from 2025."

Blenheim is hoping other large landowners will also adopt similar approaches and are already working in partnership with Radley College on a new housing development on their land.

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