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Design in the planning system

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 at 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Prospero House (etc Venues), 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA
£399 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £499 standard price
RTPI Conferences

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.

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. 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 planning system

National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance

  • The implications for design

Local planning

  • Setting the policy context for planning and design guidance, and development management

Design review

  • Principles of design review

10.20 Workshop 1

  • A supermarket and mixed-use development, Poole

10.40 Tea and coffee

10.55 Workshop 1 report back

11.10 Appraising design

  • Design review
  • Building for Life
  • Qualityreviewer

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 Workshop 2

  • A 12-apartment housing development, Sheffield

2.40 How to write design guidance

3.00 Tea and coffee

3.20 Masterplanning and design coding

3.40 Case study: small infill site, London

3.55 Using design and access statements

4.05 Case study: design in context, Chester

4.30 Close


Trainer: Rob Cowan, Director, UDS