Place Value & the Ladder of place quality
Place value is generated by places that enable users to sustain healthy, socially rich, economically productive lifestyles with minimal environmental impact.
This report is immediately useful for built environment decision-makers as research on the benefits of place quality is gathered together under four ‘big ticket’ policy arenas that directly impact on the daily lives of citizens: health, society, economy and environment.
The Ladder of Place Quality:
Place quality can be envisaged as a ‘ladder’ which climbs from the qualities of places that should be avoided, because they undermine place value, to specific qualities that should be encouraged because they deliver value.
The qualities that generate place value are well understood and can be delivered using various tools of design governance: notably in Local Plan policy, urban design frameworks, design codes and through design review. Despite this, we consistently fail to do so.
Given the impact of place quality on all aspects of daily life, policy-makers, developers and built environment professionals should make the pursuit of a high-quality built environment a top priority.