The importance of design considerations for Councillors

It is now widely accepted that urban design is an important aspect of the planning process and that basic urban design skills should be far more widely disseminated throughout the planning system, including among elected Members. 

TRA offers an in-house workshop entitled Design Considerations and the Principles of Urban Design specifically aimed at Councillors who are looking to begin the process of developing these basic skills.  From the pre-application stage to the final determination of an application at Planning Committee, the importance of sound design-based decision making is emphasised.

The workshop has been developed by TRA Presenter, Tim Crawshaw, and would be suitable for participants at any level, with no previous experience of urban design required.

Feedback from previous participants of this course has been very encouraging:

  • I thought it was a first class workshop. And hearing views from all sides has helped my understanding of Design Qualities. A day well spent. Tom Westherson
  • It met my expectations. It was one of the better courses I have attended. Gavin Logan
  • Very good “interactive” sessions to get everyone thinking about what makes a good design. John Hayward
  • Interesting subject matter and presentation first class. Steve Walmsley
  • Exceeded expectations. Came with an apprehensive approach but was pleasantly surprised. Pitched at a level to stimulate interest, involvement. Well Done. Terry Laincs
  • I was really impressed with both the content and presentation. This was a really interesting subject. Tina Large.

The workshop can be delivered as a full-day or half-day (3 hour) programme and can accommodate up to a maximum of 25 participants; numbers are limited to encourage interaction and participation.

If required, we are happy for you to invite Councillors from neighbouring authorities to join in with training, as this can help to reduce your per-capita cost considerably.  Delivering joint training with neighbouring authorities is an option that a number of our clients now choose with very positive results, not only does it maximize cost effectiveness of training but it creates an ideal opportunity for participants to share local experience and knowledge.  On this basis, we would need to deal with just one Authority as the lead-client for liaison, administrative and invoicing purposes.

If you think that your Councillors would benefit from an in-house training session on design principles, then please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes to receive a no-obligation quotation.