Planners and Design Quality- Colin Haylock, RTPI

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Planners and Design Quality- Colin Haylock, RTPI

  1. 1. The role and contribution of theplanner in achieving good design inneighbourhood planningColin Haylock : RTPI President
  2. 2. Outline• Creating the climate for good design• Developing design policy• Operating design policy wisely and robustly• Promoting good design• Encouraging good design• Building skills and confidence with and incommunities--- but, very importantly• --------- working in partnership
  3. 3. Developing design policy• Based on a clear understanding of the place at the strategic and local levels• Strategic view• Clearly expressed• At the heart of the Local Plan / Core Strategy• Fighting for and deserving its place in planning andin corporate policy• Only as much detail as is essential• Setting framework for appropriate innovation• Supporting with appropriate guidelines andillustrations
  4. 4. LDF to Neighbourhood PlanLDF to Neighbourhood PlanCore Strategy and Strategic DesignDimensions LDF workshops Key messages • Tell the story • Set the agenda • Say it clearly Directly transferable to neighbourhood plans
  5. 5. LDF to Neighbourhood PlanThe Tower Hamlets approach
  6. 6. LDF to Neighbourhood Plan LDF to Neighbourhood PlanThe Tower Hamlets approach
  7. 7. LDF to Neighbourhood PlanThe Tower Hamlets approach
  8. 8. LDF to Neighbourhood Plan LDF to Neighbourhood PlanThe Tower Hamlets approach
  9. 9. Operating design policy wisely and robustly• Having the courage to distinguish principle from detail and interpret policy with appropriate flexibility• Understanding the implications and being willing to argue for considered departure from policy• Build confidence in and with partners – EH : Civic Socs : DC CABE etc• Having the courage to defend policies when they are under pressure• Using the developed understanding with partners to help
  10. 10. Promoting and encouraging good design• With the public / development industry and theirprofessional teams / Council Members• Awards as exemplars – especially local awards• Using widely respected tools• Working on the Council’s own commissioning-------- are Design Champions dead ?
  11. 11. Building confidence with and in communities• Getting people talking about place rather thanprocess• Understanding and sharing their concerns• Getting them to talk about aspirations• Using helpful, understandable and respected tools• The Planning Aid skills spreading / capacity –awareness building model• Finding a comfortable way in• Bringing appropriate “moves “ into play
  12. 12. Redcar and Cleveland: Skelton and Brotton
  13. 13. Redcar and Cleveland: Skelton and Brotton
  14. 14. Redcar and Cleveland: Skelton and Brotton
  15. 15. Skelton and Brotton Neighbourhood Plan
  16. 16. Redcar and Cleveland: Skelton and Brotton
  17. 17. Redcar and Cleveland: Skelton and Brotton
  18. 18. Redcar and Cleveland: Skelton and Brotton
  19. 19. Local Policy CABE Case Study Library and Building For Life Housing Projects LibraryDesign to delivery 19
  20. 20. Environment and community01. Does the development provide (or is it close to) community facilities, such as a school,parks, play areas, shops, pubs or cafes?02. Is there an accommodation mix that reflects the needs and aspirations of the localcommunity?03. Is there a tenure mix that reflects the needs of the local community?04. Does the development have easy access to public transport?05. Does the development have any features that reduce its environmental impact?Character06. Is the design specific to the scheme?07. Does the scheme exploit existing buildings, landscape or topography?08. Does the scheme feel like a place with distinctive character?09. Do the buildings and layout make it easy to find your way around?10. Are streets defined by a well-structured building layout?Streets, parking and pedestrianisation11. Does the building layout take priority over the streets and car parking, so that thehighways do not dominate?12. Is the car parking well integrated and situated so it supports the street scene?13. Are the streets pedestrian, cycle and vehicle friendly?14. Does the scheme integrate with existing streets, paths and surrounding development?15. Are public spaces and pedestrian routes overlooked and do they feel safe?
  21. 21. Environment and community01. Does the development provide (or is it close to) community facilities, such as a school,parks, play areas, shops, pubs or cafes?02. Is there an accommodation mix that reflects the needs and aspirations of the localcommunity?03. Is there a tenure mix that reflects the needs of the local community?04. Does the development have easy access to public transport?05. Does the development have any features that reduce its environmental impact?Character06. Is the design specific to the scheme?07. Does the scheme exploit existing buildings, landscape or topography?08. Does the scheme feel like a place with distinctive character?09. Do the buildings and layout make it easy to find your way around?10. Are streets defined by a well-structured building layout?Streets, parking and pedestrianisation11. Does the building layout take priority over the streets and car parking, so that thehighways do not dominate?12. Is the car parking well integrated and situated so it supports the street scene?13. Are the streets pedestrian, cycle and vehicle friendly?14. Does the scheme integrate with existing streets, paths and surrounding development?15. Are public spaces and pedestrian routes overlooked and do they feel safe?
  22. 22. Redcar and Cleveland: Skelton and Brotton
  23. 23. Neighbourhood Planning in the North East
  24. 24. Neighbourhood Planning in the North East

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