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

Is urban design consulting dead?

The role of the traditional urban design consultant is dead. It died, not with the announcement of the Big Society and a new planning framework, but with the new economic drivers and web empowerment now familiar to us all. The old ways are no longer applicable to the people it affects—communities, politicians and businesses, let . . . → Read More: Is urban design consulting dead?

Cornwall Design Guide: launch update

The Cornwall Design Guide announced for launch this autumn has been delayed until the spring. I understand this is to provide more opportunity for engagement with key partners, including I hope, the Cornwall Design Review Panel and local representation from the likes of practices, developers, interest groups, parishes/towns and professional institutions. It appears the issue . . . → Read More: Cornwall Design Guide: launch update

Cornwall Design Guide

Well it appears a new Cornwall design guide is due for launch in the autumn. I look forward to it enormously. I picked up the 1978 one in a secondhand bookshop last year. Apart from looking a little like the Essex Design Guide of that era, with lots of Design Bulletin 32 road hierarchies amd . . . → Read More: Cornwall Design Guide

New connections for Blackwall?

I have been appointed to produce public realm ideas for Blackwall in East London. I am supporting planning consultants Urban Practitioners in developing significant improvement in the walking and cycling connections around the Docklands Light Railway station and bus interchange in this marginal edge area of Tower Hamlets. Working with Colin Buchanan transport, consultants the . . . → Read More: New connections for Blackwall?