How to recognise, define and encourage good design in development

TRA's popular and relatively new workshop 'Design in Planning Applications: how to add value' is due to take place in the New Year, in both our England/Wales and Scotland Training Workshop Programmes; on 23 January 2020 in Manchester and on 4 February 2020 in Glasgow. Places are still available on both events however prompt booking is strongly recommended.

This workshop has been developed specifically for town planners involved in development management. It focuses on the role of design in the development management process and is uniquely related to design issues at the scale of everyday application work.  Its aim is to help planners to consider matters of design; to develop their knowledge and confidence; and to assist them when advising on, and intervening in, the design process. The overarching purpose of the workshop is to assist practitioners recognise, define and encourage good design in development. It should also improve their ability and understanding in negotiations with applicants both pre and post application. Specific aspects covered include: the basic elements of “good” urban design; using design language to secure better planning outcomes; “sense of place” and how this can be translated into contemporary design; local character and distinctiveness; and techniques for assessing the design merits of a proposal. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences and exchange ideas on how planners can work positively with designers towards an improved end product.

The workshop will be presented by Tim Crawshaw, an innovative designer with over 25 years experience in both the public and private sectors. Formerly Conservation and Design Group Manager for Kirklees Metropolitan Council, he is qualified in Architecture and Urban Environmental Design and now operates as a multi-disciplinary consultant involved in masterplanning, development briefs, characterisation, wildlife, ecology and sustainability.

The workshop has received positive feed back from past participants and some of their comments include:

"Gave an excellent overview of design principles and what makes good and bad design and what constitutes place. A good variety of work (slideshow, group work, discussion and site visits)." Adam Jackson, Royal Borough Windsor & Maidenhead

"Very good course. Tim was very knowledgeable and made the presentation interactive and very interesting." Helen Knott, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

"Assisted me in understanding the language of design and how to read and assess context." Fraser Mackenzie, Angus Council

Further details and a booking form can be found on the TRA website via the above links. If you are interested in attending but are unable to make a firm booking straight away, provisional bookings are recommended to reserve your place(s).

Discounts of between 10 and 15% are available via our Block Booking Scheme when booking 2 or more places at the same time (over any number of events). Further details of the scheme are also on the website.