Press archive 2017

Housing delivery under threat through a lack of design skills in planning

The Government, both in its manifesto and in the recent Housing Green Paper, committed itself to a step change in the delivery of high quality new homes across the country. New research published by the Place Alliance and funded by the Urban Design Group, puts those aspirations in doubt because of worsening design skills gaps in English local planning authorities. Read more →

UDG Public Lecture: Design and NPPF

A presentation by Matthew Carmona, Professor of Planning & Urban Design at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning. His research has focused on urban design, processes of design governance and on the design and management of public space.

How to make the most of Design Review

Design Review was given a huge boost by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which reinforces its role in ensuring high standards of design. Neil Morris has interviewed established panel members and explored how to make the most of Design Review process. Read more →

Coordinating codes, the right tool for the job!

Matthew Carmona in his blog on the Coordinating Codes as the possible solution to the Permission in Principle and the way to achieve both the Government’s aim of greater certainty in the planning process, whilst still enabling the proper consideration of design and other qualitative concerns through the planning system. Read the full article here →

Government could improve housing design by learning from CABE

It is six years since the government design watchdog was axed, but many of its initiatives could be aped to improve the quality of new housing, says Bartlett professor Matthew Carmona. Read more →

“CABE used national housing audits to embarrass the housebuilders by publicising how poor their products were.”

Community leaders seek a ‘manifesto’ for Farnham

Prominent members of the Farnham community and of Farnham and Waverley councils met to set our a ‘manifesto for Farham’ by considering the policies set out in the Healthy Places Manifesto by Place Alliance and to look for steps to overcome some of the problems faced by Farnham as a small historic town expecting substantial new development in the near future. Read more →