Taunton Garden Town

David Orr has been appointed to assist Taunton Deane Borough Council to draw up their Garden Town Plan. Working with Architecture Centre Devon & Cornwall CIC, David is helping define the spatial vision in key diagrams and illustrations for the town as a whole and the town centre. Drawing on themes that make Taunton . . . → Read More: Taunton Garden Town

David Orr to support Atkins on Homes England contract in the south west

Urban design practice David Orr Consulting is pleased to be supporting Atkins with masterplanning and urban design in the South West region on the new framework contract for Homes England. Atkins is one of the consultants appointed to assist HE and their partner agencies to help speed delivery of 300,000 homes a year over . . . → Read More: David Orr to support Atkins on Homes England contract in the south west

Cerne Valley Neighbourhood Plan visioning workshop

I was privileged last week to work with The Prince’s Foundation in assisting the villages of Cerne Valley parish in West Dorset to kick start their Neighbourhood Plan. This commenced with a visioning exercise looking at what their valley should offer over the next generation. The workshops attracted around 15% of the villages as well . . . → Read More: Cerne Valley Neighbourhood Plan visioning workshop

Big Design Challenge in Cornwall

Cornwall’s Big Design Challenge has appointed me as a mentor to a community group in Wadebridge, Cornwall. Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) is a social enterprise whose question is one of 6 shortlisted challenges from over 150 entries. Theirs was ‘How do we reduce carbon emissions, generate renewable energy as a whole town and see . . . → Read More: Big Design Challenge in Cornwall

Neighbourhoods

Jan Gehl’s blog on Neighbourhood is a useful reminder of the effects of fractured urbanism caused by road infrastructure that causes car dependency with the resulting breakdown in community as well as health issues. The cause and effects are so blatant, yet it is still so difficult (for road safety reasons) to build new developemnt . . . → Read More: Neighbourhoods