Andrew Taylor (Chair) – Countryside Properties; Dr Jennifer Thomas – DLUHC; Steve Quartermain; Hyndburn Borough Council.
The most recent version of the NPPF places a new emphasis on the role of design in planning. Paragraph 128 states that “all local planning authorities should prepare design guides or codes consistent with the principles set out in the National Design Guide and [the new] National Model Design Code.”
In May 2021 MHCLG announced that it had chosen 14 local Authorities to test the new Code. With pilot funding of £50,000, each of these Local Authorities has been given six months to produce a local design code.
As the first design codes are completed under this new regime, this event will explore the lessons that have been learned by the participating local authorities and contemplate how the new guidance will shape the development process for all planning stakeholders going forward.
It will consider:
- Emerging best practice within the first tranche of Local Design Codes
- The role that Design Codes will play in the planning process in the coming years
- How developers and planners can meet new design requirements in their work
This panel will feature leading experts from Government, both National and Local and is suitable for Local Authority officers and members who wish to learn from the early experience of their colleagues, and for private sector planners, and developers, seeking to understand how the new design codes will work in practice.