The Localism Bill and Neighbourhood Planning came into being because, too often, adopted planning policies do not deliver their intended outcomes.
We believe it is time to move our attention towards the effectiveness of planning and design policies - their clarity, detail and legal teeth – to ensure they deliver what local people worked on, and indeed, voted for. A well-run design workshop or charrette is a very effective dialogue and co-design process. It allows many different brains to work together in an open and inspiring environment.
In our view, design codes are the tool and design workshops/ design charrettes are the co-design process. Both are essential delivering a Localism that is genuinely collaborative and effective.
Design codes are planning policy tools with more teeth, firming up place and building quality standards by making them legally binding.
We have co-developed design codes with our clients through charrettes and design workshops, and from planning policy to detailed planning application stage.