High quality design is an important requirement of the planning system set out in the NPPF, PPG on Design and now the National Design Guide. Good design is not only “what it looks like” but how a place functions and good planning is indivisible from good design and critical to the delivery of sustainable places. Using case studies and exercises, the workshop is aimed at town planners and urban designers working in policy and development management. It will provide participants with an understanding of how to guide and secure place and design quality at each stage of the planning process from site identification and plan-making to design guidance, masterplans and planning applications. This will cover what constitutes both good design and an effective design process, the kind of design documentation required at each stage and how to comprehensively assess the design merits of proposals and layouts. The workshop will also review how and when to effectively use positive planning and design processes, collaborative working and other tools and techniques to secure design quality. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and feedback.
£ 310 + VAT