Local authorities are raising their ambitions and standards of design, in its broadest sense. They are using the planning system to ratchet up quality, from concept to consent and through to completion. They are using strategic design expertise to create user-centred services, develop better policy and guidance, and make the most of public land and assets. And, as many authorities begin to directly deliver council housing and social infrastructure for the first time in decades, they are rebuilding in house architecture teams.
WHAT THEY DO
Write design policy, design guidance, design briefs, design codes and urban characterisation studies.
Work with development management officers on appraising the design quality in planning applications and during pre-application meetings.
Undertaking design-led site analysis, capacity and feasibility studies to support the delivery of small to medium-scale housing infill sites.
Leading interactive co-design workshops with the local community and stakeholder and setting up design competitions for masterplanning of large strategic sites.
Providing expertise in heritage-led regeneration and development in Conservation Areas, including tall buildings guidance and urban intensification.
Promoting a design-led approach to officers and members and grow confidence in design and conservation.