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RIBA East (Chelmsford) - Essentials of urban design in planning

RIBA East

Thursday, 10 November 2016 from 14:00 to 16:30 (GMT)

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RIBA/CIAT Individual member (£62 + VAT) 20 Tickets 9 Nov 2016 £62.00 £0.00 £12.40
Non member (£89 + VAT) 20 Tickets 9 Nov 2016 £89.00 £0.00 £17.80
RIBA Student member (£15 + VAT) 20 Tickets 9 Nov 2016 £15.00 £0.00 £3.00

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Good planning is indivisible from good design: that is what the National Planning Policy Framework tells us, and the old PPS1 also mentioned something similar. However, with planning often seen to be all about rules, regulations and processes, and design being about inspiration, creativity and imagination, can the two work together? Yes of course, and they must, as without design planning is just a numbers game, and without planning urban design is an ephemeral concept.

This seminar will explain how, why and when urban design is considered within the planning system. It will run through the main principles of good design set out in national policy and guidance and discuss how these translate down to individual plans and schemes. The session will cover:

  • The principles of good design

  • How aspects of form are considered by planners

  • The plan making process and how policies can influence the structure, form and character of places

  • Design Review, Building for Life 12 and the assessment of planning applications

  • The relationship between conditions, legal agreements, enforcement and the continuity of design quality form permission to completion.

Those attending will get an insight into reasons behind what planners do and say, their priorities, responsibilities and thereby how to best negotiate and communicate with them.

Speaker: Esther Kurland, Urban Design London
Esther is an experienced planner with a keen interest in urban design. After 10 years working in local authorities, she moved to the GLA to draft the built environment and design sections of the first London Plan, then to CABE to lead on their planning work before joining UDL. For the past 10 years, she has developed and run a training, design advice and support programme for London local authority officers and members, including approximately 80 events a year with over 3,500 bookings annually. Esther also judges a variety of national and London design awards, is an external examiner for UCL's planning degree courses, and sits on a number of advisory groups and design review panels.

Core Curriculum topics: 1. Where people live 2. Designing and building it

Terms & Conditions

  • Cancellations for pay-as-you-go tickets are permitted up to 10 working days before the event, delegate substitutions are accepted at any time, please contact jayne.ransom@riba.org for cancellation/substitution requests.
  • An email will be sent to confirm your place on receipt of your booking.  A second email confirming venue along with map/directions will be sent to you approx. 7-10 days before the event.
  • Bookings at the member rates will only be accepted if accompanied by a valid membership number.
  • If you require a purchase order to be quoted on your invoice this must be supplied at the time of booking.
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Lord Ashcroft Building
Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
CM1 1SQ Chelmsford
United Kingdom

Thursday, 10 November 2016 from 14:00 to 16:30 (GMT)


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