Richard Rogers will join fellow peers in debating architecture and design quality

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

Lord Rogers will be one of the peers taking part in the debate on 27 March, which hopes 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 the official business for the day.

The former architecture minister Lord Howarth will lead the debate, which will inform views of the Planning Bill, due to be debated in the Lords after Easter. Baroness Andrews of the communities department will be the government minister responding to the debate.

The other lords attending will include:

• Rt Hon Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank

• Rt Hon Lord Patten

• Lord Carlile of Berriew

• Lord Dixon-Smith

• Lord Low of Dalston

• Baroness Hamwee

• Baroness Whitaker

Architecture’s other high-profile peer of the realm, Lord Foster, is not understood to be attending.

The debate starts at 2.30pm on Thursday 27 March and will end at approximately 5pm. It can be watched live online at