The House of Lords will debate architecture and design quality next week for the first time in four years.

The debate has been scheduled to “call to attention the case for encouraging high-quality architecture in the UK and for ensuring that design quality is taken into account by local planning authorities”, according to official business for the day.

The debate will be led by former architecture minister Lord Howarth and will give preliminary views on the Planning Bill, which is due to be debated after Easter.

By staff writer