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Design in the planning system

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 at 9:00AM - 4:30PM
The Hatton (etc Venues), 51-53 Hatton Garden, London
£399 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £499 for non-members

The National Planning Policy Framework recognises design as an essential part of delivering sustainable development. A large part of development management relates to design: to the physical form of buildings and spaces.

This one day masterclass with help with dealing effectively with design (and having the right policy and guidance in place) is the key to planning authorities winning in a large proportion of planning appeals - and to consultants getting the results their clients want.

Trainer: Rob Cowan, Director, UDS

Benefits of attending:

This masterclass will provide you with an understanding of:

  1. Urban design principles
  2. Design in the new planning regime
  3. First steps in design appraisal
  4. The relationship between development management and design policy and guidance
  5. Design in neighbourhood planning
  6. The secret of successful appeals

Who should attend?

This masterclass is designed for:

  • Development management staff: how to make the right decisions and uphold them at appeal 
  • Forward planners: what sort of planning policy and guidance do we need to make development management effective? 
  • Participants in neighbourhood planning: how can we get the design quality we want?
  • Planning consultants and architects: how can we get the results our clients want? 


9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Design in the new planning system

  • National Planning Policy Framework

- The implications for design 

  • Local planning 

- How to set the policy context for planning and design guidance, and development management 

  • Neighbourhood planning

- When neighbourhood planning can help in improving the quality of buildings and spaces

- How local authorities can support neighbourhood planning to raise design standards 

  • Design review 

- Principles of design review

- How to get the most out of the new design review regime

10.40 Coffee and networking

11.00 Appraising design

  • Principles of design appraisal 
  • Building for Life 
  • Qualityreviewer 
  • Other approaches to design appraisal

11.30 Site visit near venue

  • A practical exercise in design appraisal and policy-making

12.30  Lunch

1.30 Feedback from site visit

2.00 Case studies

  • Best practice in using the planning system to raise design standards

3.00 Tea and networking

3.30 Design guidance

  • Design guidance

- Area-based

- Site-based

- Topic-based

  • Masterplanning

- If 94 per cent of masterplans fail, how do we identify the other six per cent?

  • Design coding

- Principles of design coding

- Successes of design coding

- Design and access statements

 4.30 Close