07 March 2013 at 2:00PM
RTPI Offices, 41 Botolph Lane, London EC3R 8DL, UK
Urban Design Network
New research from UCL's Bartlett School of
Planning has evaluated the diffusion of design coding as a tool
in the planning and development process. The research comes
at a time when the recently released National Planning Policy
Framework (NPPF) explicitly endorses their use by local planning
authorities to help deliver higher quality design outcomes. The
UCL research was based on a national survey of local planning
authorities and urban design consultancies.
Headline findings include:
- In excess of a third of local planning authorities have had
design codes produced for them, either through requiring or
commissioning them, or otherwise through developers voluntarily
submitting them as part of a planning application.
- The use of design codes is advocated in policy in a quarter of
local planning authorities, and this is rapidly increasing.
- Around the two thirds of urban design consultancies have
experience of producing design codes.
- A significant element of diffusion is being driven by private
developers, landowners or consultants submitting unsolicited design
codes as part of planning applications.
This Network event will explore the benefits that the
use and dissemination of design codes might have.
The speakers will be Prof Matthew Carmona from UCL and Alex Ely,
Partner at mae Architects. Matthew co-authored the research report
and Alex has been involved in the development of design standards
and codes with the Mayor for London and CABE at the
Design Council. Those attending will be encouraged to share their
experience and views on the topic.