We provide design reviews for our subscribing members including Transport for London (TfL) and the London Boroughs.
Although the majority of our design reviews look at street and public realm schemes, we also review transport and infrastructure projects as well as planning and development proposals.
We hope to appoint a diverse group of experts with a wide range of expertise to our panel through this recruitment process to reflect the variety of schemes we review. We pay panel members an honorarium for their contribution.
If you would like to apply, please send a one page CV and a cover letter stating your skills and expertise, your experience in shaping great places and what you believe makes a good design review to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications to be received by 1st September 2017.
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We look forward to hearing from you.
Many suggestions and recommendations were made about how the quality of life for those living in and nearby to high density developments could be improved, ranging from the type of services that should be made available in the local community to the residents’ right to access natural light in their home.
Click here for a copy of the full summary.
We hope you enjoy the read and look forward to continuing the discussion.
To launch UDLondonYPN we will be hosting an informal session on the 26th July where we will have the pleasure of hearing from a handful of young and inspirational people making waves in the built environment field in London. It will be an informal session, followed by drinks and networking 5 minutes walk away at the Young Vic Theatre Bar, where we have reserved a space to continue the conversation.
For more details about the UDLondonYPN meeting and how to book your place please see below.
Young Practitioners Network Meeting
26.07.2017 (16.00 – 18.00)
An informal session where we will interview a handful of inspirational young people, in different sectors, who are going above and beyond the call of duty and making ground in their respective fields.
Gavin McLaughlin, Planner for Transport for London and former UDL member will be interviewing:
- Cllr Matthew Bennett, LB Lambeth: Advocating Good Design in Local Politics
- Amy Priestley, Mini-Holland Project Officer, LB Waltham Forest: Delivering Bold Cycling Infrastructure
- Alison Mayer, Regeneration Manager, LB Harrow: Driving an Ambitious Regeneration Scheme
- Suzanne Prest, Architect, Karakusevic Carson Architects: Designing an Ambitious Mixed Use Scheme
- Kieran Walker, Associate, Waugh Thistleton Architects: Leading the Way in Sustainable Construction
To book your place, just send us an email.
Thank you to all who attended. We hope you had as much fun as we did!
If you have any photos from the night, we would love to see them. Please send us copies to email@example.com
This book expands on the design policies found in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) and provides up to date explanations, examples, top tips and practical advice to help the reader understand and apply national policies and guidance.
The book is structured in an easy to use fashion, with general principles and concepts described in Part 1, and Part 2 explaining how these can be applied to particular development types, such as housing, public space or tall buildings.
This book has been written by a team of experts. Together, the contributions combine knowledge and expertise to showcase an established, common and practical approach to delivering better urban spaces, not just in London but throughout the UK and abroad.
The book will be invaluable for planners, councillors, highway engineers and anyone involved in planning, creating or changing places.
For your own copy of the book, please visit the RIBA website.
What people have been saying about The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking…
“A marvellously comprehensive guide to the complexities of planning. Clearly written and well-illustrated, it is an essential companion for all those involved in the environment game – designers, developers, politicians, as well as local communities” – Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture
“This comprehensive book is a must for everyone involved in Planning & Placemaking. It really is designed as a companion and should be readily at hand to inform the many discussions that are essential to everyday decision making” – Colin J Davis RIBA MRTPI CIHT
“This resource helps to highlight the critical role that design must play in navigating some of the complex urban policies, processes, and projects that shape our cities. Quality urban design is at the heart of how safe, healthy, resilient, sustainable, equitable, and livable our future cities are and planners will now have at hand many practical strategies that they can incorporate into their work at diverse scales” – Sky Duncan, Global Designing Cities, National Association of City Transportation Officials
To download your Event Takeaways 2016-17 copy, please click here.
If you would like to see the presentation slides from these sessions most are available on our Learning Space website, available to our members. For access details please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will find all our familiar briefing and networking sessions plus over 60 new workshop subjects; including ‘Informed Design’, ‘Good Growth’ and ‘Healthy Streets’.
This year, our 15th anniversary of running sessions for those committed to London’s built environment, we are also running a series dedicated to reflecting on changes in planning, housing and street design over the years and looking forward at the challenges and opportunities coming our way.
And because we know fiscal intelligence is vital at the moment we have 12 sessions this year focusing on the money side of design: how to do more with less; how to use resources efficiently, and how to find funding sources. These events are marked by ‘£‘.
Starting a new events programme is exciting, but please remember you must be a subscribing member if you wish to attend.
The subscription is excellent value for money, and members have always found it a great way to network, receive up-to-date briefings and access training.
If you are considering to re-subscribe, or are interested in subscribing for the first time; please contact Catalina at email@example.com to discuss suitable membership options.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see many of you in 2017/18.
7th February 2017
There is, of course, much media coverage of todays Housing White Paper, and as always, the debate will revolve around a small selection of items in the document.
But it contains other things; things that we thought our members might be interested in that are maybe not so news worthy, such as:
Effects on how we undertake planning work
- Higher fees and new capacity funding to develop planning departments
- Exploring an improved approach to developer contributions
- Giving communities greater say over design of local developments
- Improve the use of digital tools to make plans and planning data more accessible
- Make plans easier to produce, and we will provide authorities with the support they need
- Consult on new, standard way of assessing housing need (to be in place by April 2018)
- Remove the expectation that they should be covered by a single local plan. Instead, we will set out the strategic priorities that each area should plan for, with flexibility over how they may do so
- Make the evidence needed to support plans more proportionate
- Enable London Plan (and similar strategies) to allocate strategic sites
- Review the consultation and examination procedures for all types of plan to ensure they are proportionate
- Consult on a standardised approach to assessing housing requirements
- Encourage greater use of Local Development Orders and area-wide design codes
- On top of windfall sites, at least 10% of the sites allocated for residential development in local plans should be sites of half a hectare or less
Effects on national policy
- ‘Plan for the right homes in the right place’ – taking the London policy of linking density to transport accessibility and urban land to the rest of the country
- Making more land available for homes in the right places, by maximising the contribution from brownfield and surplus public land, regenerating estates, releasing more small and medium-sized sites
- Giving communities a stronger voice in the design of new housing to drive up the quality and character of new development
- Review national space standards so they allow for more locally appropriate housing types
- Amend national policy to encourage authorities to consider the benefits of estate regeneration, and use their planning powers to help deliver this to a high standard
Effects on how design issues are dealt with
- Expect that local and neighbourhood plans (at the most appropriate level) and more detailed development plan documents (such as action area plans) should set out clear design expectations
- Make clear that design should not be used as a valid reason to object to development where it accords with clear design expectations set out in statutory plans (meaning if there are no specific design policies for an area, objections over and above NPPF requirements will not be upheld)
- Use visual tools such as design codes that respond to local character and provide a clear basis for making decisions on development proposals
- Strengthen the importance of early pre- application discussions between applicants, authorities and the local community about design and the types of homes to be provided
- Recognise the value of using a widely accepted design standard, such as Building for Life in shaping and assessing basic design principles that should be reflected in plans and be given sufficient weight in the planning process.
For a PDF copy of this summary please click here
Find out who attended, what key issues were discussed and what recommendations were made.
For more information about our London Plan Policy Symposium sessions please click here.