The use of design codes to support the delivery of high-quality places is high on the Government’s agenda with the recent publication of a draft national design code and associated consultation.
This Case Study is based on work carried out by Joanne Preston during a year-long placement (April 2019 - March 2020) as a Principal Urban Design Officer for Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service. It consolidates lessons learned from experience of using design codes on Phase 2A of Northstowe new town and reflects on how design codes were negotiated, reviewed and applied for development that used modular construction methods.Read More
Empowering and engaging citizens
Closing health inequalities
Shaping the future of places
Building a fair and sustainable economy
Tackling the climate emergency
Laying the fundamental infrastructure for society
Delivering development that people need
Building capacities and capabilities
Improving outcomes through planning
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Planning with Young People: Workshops For Engaging Young People in Strategic Planning
Making Participation Happen: Authority Participation Strategy Workshops Toolkit
Ideas Competitions: Improving the diversity of design teams through alternative models of procurement
Commissioning Change: The Social Value Opportunity Identifier
Commissioning Change: How can Authorities embed equality, diversity and inclusion and social value through procurement?
Digital Engagement Tools: Digital Engagement Tools Comparison Matrix
Local Plan Engagement: How can Authorities use digital and in-person methods for better statutory consultation?
Digital Engagement Tools: How can Authorities use online platforms to facilitate meaningful participation?
Diversifying Planning: Racial justice and the planning system
Councils and Climate Change: How can local renewal lead to fairer, more sustainable places?
Engagement at Distance: What have we learnt from a year of digital and distanced community engagement?
Building In-house Capacity: Authority Funding Tracker
Empowering Case Officers: Urban Design Comment Tracker
Place Based Missions: Place-based Missions: Mariana Mazzucato in discussion with Public Practice
Social Regeneration: Embedding estate regeneration into broader strategies for improving social infrastructure
Build to Rent: How can authorities deliver housing that meets the needs of their community through build to rent?
Making Participation Happen: The case for a dedicated community engagement officer
Assessing Viability: Explainer Net Profit Value (NPV) Calculator
Assessing Viability: Viability Crash Course Presentation
Assessing Viability: Viability Explainer Sheets
Assessing Viability: How can authorities improve their capacity to assess development viability?
Agile Procurement: Supporting transformation through data transparency
Temporary Use: Delivering short-term interventions to empower communities and shape regeneration
Sustainable Stewardship: Setting-up structures for community-led governance on strategic sites
Meaningful Meanwhile: Testing new uses for underused public spaces to raise long-term ambitions
Resourcing a New Planning System: What does the planning department of the future look like?
Design Coding: Applying design codes for modular construction methods on large-scale developments
Resourcing a New Planning System: Public Practice Capacity Building Survey Data 2020
Diversifying Planning: How can we make sure design review panels represent the diversity of the communities they serve?
Resourcing a New Planning System: Public Practice’s response to the Planning for the Future White Paper
Before the Brief: How can Authorities assess and unlock small sites for council-led housing?
Planning With Nature: Making The Case For A Green Infrastructure Strategy
Engaging Members: Design Review: An Introduction for Planning Committee Members
Engaging Members: Design Review Checklist for Officers
Running Reviews: In-House Design Review Management Dashboard
Empowering Case Officers: Urban Design Tracker
Empowering Case Officers: Majors Meeting Tracker
Surveying Places: Business Interview Template
Surveying Places: Industrial Land Audit Template
Fostering Design Culture: Values Workshop Facilitator Notes
Fostering Design Culture: Engagement Workshop Facilitator Notes
Fostering Design Culture: Design Charrette Facilitator Notes
Community Consent: How should Authorities approach a resident ballot for estate regeneration?
Building Quality: Design Quality Management Protocol
Consent to Completion: Post-Permission Checklist
Consent to Completion: Draft Retention Certifier Clause
Consent to Completion: Draft Design Certifier Clause
Running Reviews: In-House Design Review Dashboard Template
Measuring Design Review: Design Review Panel Members Feedback Survey Template
Measuring Design Review: Design Review Officers Feedback Survey Template
Measuring Design Review: Design Review Elected Members Feedback Survey Template
Measuring Design Review: Design Review Applicant Feedback Survey Template
Measuring Design Review: Design Review Longer Term Report
Measuring Design Review: Design Review Annual Report Template
Planning Ahead: Pre-Application Benchmarking Data
Planning Ahead: Pre-Application Checklist
Building Quality: How can Authorities engaged in direct delivery monitor design quality?
On Target: How can Authorities meet their carbon emissions target in new developments?
Pathways to Climate Action: How can officers respond to the climate crisis within an Authority?
Planning With Nature: How can Authorities develop and implement a green infrastructure strategy?
Making Participation Happen: How can Authorities lay the foundations for meaningful public participation?
Planning with Young People: How can Authorities best involve young people in planning and regeneration?
Making Net Zero Happen: How can Authorities target the highest standards in energy performance for new council-led homes?
Resilient Infrastructure: How can the public sector plan and deliver more inclusive and sustainable infrastructure?
Engaging Members: How can Planning Committee Members be involved in Design Review?
Resilience and Renewal: How is COVID-19 changing public planning?
Planning After a Pandemic: How might COVID-19 change the way we plan?
Running Reviews: How can Authorities manage efficient in-house Design Review services?
Empowering Case Officers: How can officers improve design quality through the pre-app process?
Engagement at Distance: How is COVID-19 changing the way councils engage with communities?
Pop Down: How can local authorities facilitate meanwhile use for long-term community benefit?
Home Delivery: How can public sector housing delivery teams share knowledge to improve design quality?
Surveying Places: How can planning be based on a better understanding of existing places and uses
Fostering Design Culture: How Can Public Sector Clients Develop Their Design Ambitions?
Consent to Completion: How Can Local Authorities Structure a Post-Permission Service?
Councils and Climate Change: How are Local Authorities tackling climate change?
Measuring Design Review: How can we monitor and evaluate the impact of design review?
Planning Ahead: What are the best ways to deliver design-led pre-applications?