Bourn community given go ahead

David Orr has been assisting Rummey Design since 2014 on proposals for a sustainable large settlement of 3500 homes on the old WW2 airfield at Bourn in Cambridgeshire. I am delighted this has been approved for outline planning by South Cambridgeshire District Council today, 19 February 2021. The project required a huge effort to . . . → Read More: Bourn community given go ahead

Falmouth Place Shaping

We are pleased to be appointed as consultant to support Lavigne Lonsdale architects and landscape architects along with PJA transport planning and engineering consultants to assist Falmouth Place Shaping board, a partnership of Cornwall Council, Falmouth Town Council and the town’s Neighbourhood Plan team and Business Improvement District. David Orr is providing urban design . . . → Read More: Falmouth Place Shaping

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

Which way Westerham?

It has been a pleasure working with Rummey Design once again on the plans for Westerham in Kent. Working for Squerreyes Estate, we have been examining the landscape around the town, the way the town works and has developed over the years and how new development might allow it to grow whilst maintaining its character, . . . → Read More: Which way Westerham?

Bourn airfield masterplan

The old airfield at Bourn saw action in the Second World War as a key RAF resource. Now derelict it is being considered as a potential development site west of the growing city of Cambridge. I have been working with Rummey Design on their proposal for Countryside Properties who are working with the local authority . . . → Read More: Bourn airfield masterplan

Mark’s Gate regeneration

Mark’s Gate is a 1960s housing estate near Romford on the edge of greenbelt and isolated from Chadwell Heath and Romford town centre by the A12 Eastway. It has a vibrant mixed community with a shopping parade, community facilities and schools at its centre. The parish church is looking to redevelop their site and offer . . . → Read More: Mark’s Gate regeneration

New Cornwall eco-development?

A feasibility study looks at whether Cornwall can accommodate more eco-development. . . . → Read More: New Cornwall eco-development?

Localism and masterplanning rural settlements

Any project I am doing now is being looked at by communities in the light of the potential effects of the Localism Bill. Whilst this isn’t law yet, the intention to provide ‘us’ with greater say on development is a whole planning conundrum as it affects balances of power (not just between developers and communities, . . . → Read More: Localism and masterplanning rural settlements


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