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Character, Quality & Design in Neighbourhood Planning and beyond

Thursday 27 February 2020, Kellogg College, Oxford
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Tickets £35-155‚Äč 
This seminar-workshop on design quality is for communities and professionals alike, and will explore the role of design in Neighbourhood Planning and other policy-making contexts. As so many Neighbourhood Planning groups go through a learning curve consulting their neighbours, analysing and allocating sites, and finally writing policies, design quality is often understated.
 Yet the quality and layout of new development makes a great difference to the future character of settlements. In the past some communities have prepared Village Design Statements to capture the local character and start to set out design parameters, and so this seminar-workshop will look at how to bridge the gap between identifying local character and specifying design quality in various ways. Delegates will hear about:
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  • Locality's new Toolkit Achieving well-designed places through neighbourhood planning, and the funding support available for greater design aspirations
  • The National Trust's new Toolkit Planning for Heritage to help communities to develop better heritage-related policies in their neighbourhood plans
  • The role of pattern books in moving from seeing character to identifying design policies to deliver it
  • How top housing architects are responding to the challenge of housing growth and local character, especially in large developments - the Distinctively Local campaign
  • Best practice in writing design policies for neighbourhood plans with a strong heritage and design backdrop, and
  • A hands-on workshop session to explore the issues on the day.


9.30am        Tea and coffee on arrival
9.45am        Welcome, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director
10am           Neighbourhood Planning & Design Quality the story so far, Jeff Bishop & Georgina Perry, Place Studio
10.45am      Supporting Design in Neighbourhood Plans – the new Locality Toolkit, Ben Castell, Director, AECOM
11.15am      Q&A followed by tea and coffee
11.45am      Planning for Heritage: the new National Trust toolkit, Dave Chetwyn, Director, Urban Vision Enterprise
12.15         Successful Community-led Policy-making in Historic Settings: Rob Lloyd-Sweet, Historic Places Adviser, Historic England 
12.45pm      Q&A followed by lunch
1.45pm        Distinctively Local – Responding to the Government's Building Better, Building Beautiful campaignSimon Bayliss, Managing Partner, HTA Design
2.15pm        Introduction to Workshop: Defining the Essential Criteria for a Design Code, including site visit to Norham Road, Louise Thomas, HTVF
 3.30pm        Tea and coffee
4pm            From Local Character to Pattern Books and Design Policies, Richard Eastham, Feria Urbanism
4.30pm        Discussion and Close

This event counts as 6 hours of CPD. Save money today by joining the Historic Towns and Villages Forum - see for details!