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The National Design Guide: what's next for planning in the South West

19 November 2020 at 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM / South West England / National / Online

19 November 2020 at 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
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RTPI South West | [email protected]

This webinar forms part of our RTPI Online series and is brought to you by RTPI South West

The recently published Planning White Paper signals a new national commitment at prioritising design quality of new development and supporting a more design focussed planning system. Great place making is when design achieves a net gain, rather than a harm, and places are beautiful and functional, enabling communities to live healthy, socially rich, economically productive lifestyles with minimal impact on the environment. This relates not only to the design of new residential areas (urban and rural), but also to how existing neighbourhoods, town and city centres, high streets and urban infrastructure is shaped and re-shaped over time, and how we can rise to the climate, ecological, housing and health emergencies that we face.

This short webinar will focus on a presentation of the national picture from Create Streets, and then provide a SW design guidance case study.


  • Planning reform – what can we expect for place making?
    Julie Tanner, Creating Excellence, Design: South West

  • Recommendations from the Living with Beauty report (BBBBC), the National Design Code – implications for planning
    David Milner, Create Streets 

  • A discussion of the challenges of delivering a suite of design guidance for a new authority, Somerset West and Taunton, and a designated Garden Town, whilst addressing the Climate Emergency, fostering wellbeing and the placemaking aims of the National Design Guide.
    Richard Guise, architect/planner and principal, Context4D, Bristol


Please book your place following the online booking prompts below. You will then be sent information on how to join the webinar a week before the event.

The webinar platform that we use is GoTo Webinar. You may want to check with your IT department whether you are able to access this. Otherwise you may want to prepare to join using a personal device. The webinar platform is suitable for smartphones/tablets if that is an option for you.