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The Housing Podcast: do we need a ‘building beautiful commission' and should Sir Roger Scruton chair it?

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine, the UK’s leading publication for the social and affordable housing sector. Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today, with input from the sector’s leading voices.

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The Housing Podcast: do we need a 'building beautiful commission' and should Sir Roger Scruton chair it? #ukhousing

In this week's Housing Podcast, the team considers the recent controversy over Sir Roger Scruton and the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. #ukhousing

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Do we need a ‘building beautiful commission’ and should Sir Roger Scruton chair it?

After the controversy over the appointment of Sir Roger Scruton to lead the government’s new Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, the Housing Podcast asks if we need a commission on beauty – and whether Sir Roger is the right man to chair it.

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Edited by Luke Barratt.

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