Design and Planning
We are working hard to review and adapt our processes as we transition into a new way of working brought about by the circumstances surrounding the current Coronavirus outbreak. These relate to our delegated powers regarding planning decisions and associated arrangements for Planning Committees. We are not yet in a position to provide you with a definitive illustration of these arrangements but are working hard to arrive at that point. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
What is urban design?
Urban design is the process of shaping the physical setting for life in cities, towns and villages. It is the art of making places. It involves the design of buildings, groups of buildings, spaces and landscapes, and establishing the processes that make successful development possible.
We aspire to create high-quality homes of good design that people want to live in. Central to this approach to creating new places to live is working with existing communities to find out what works, or doesn’t work for them.
Therefore, we are asking 625 residents in who live in homes around the borough that are less than 20 years old, to tell us what they think of the street where they live. If you have received the pack then you can take our homeowner survey.
What is the value of urban design?
Good design can bring very specific economic benefits by opening up development investment and regeneration opportunities. Buildings, streets and spaces that are well designed can provide a nice environment by creating places that are walkable, accessible and safe with a vibrant mix of uses that can lead to stronger communities. Good design also can create more energy efficient and less polluting development.
For further information on any of the above please contact our Planning Help Team.