Successfully Using, Creating and Applying Design Codes

Design codes are a technical guidance document which establishes an agreed and detailed set of guidance/parameters to help ensure high quality design across a site through the use of written text and supporting drawings.

This training event explains what design codes are, how they can be successfully used and the key benefits design codes can bring to help ensure high quality development is delivered. The course includes best practice design codes from some award winning schemes as well as explaining how best to apply design codes to a range of development scenarios.

This course is aimed at development management planning officers, policy planners, councillors, developers and landowners and anyone involved in placemaking.

The course will be introduced by Peter Dawson, Built Environment Manager at Place Services. Peter manages the urban design, landscape and planning specialists within Place Services and is the sector lead for our partnership work with other Local Planning Authorities. Peter’s team specialise in producing design and design code guidance, including the new online Essex Design Guide. The team are currently managing the delivery of a number of design codes for other local authorities.

Further contributors include Anthony Downs who holds the post of Estate Director at Gascoyne Estates. Having worked in Hertfordshire for over twenty five years, joining in 2000, Anthony has driven a variety of projects over a period approaching two decades. Anthony will talk about the reasons for preparing a building code, the challenges associated with this, and the benefits which have flowed from it.

Gascoyne Estates continue to use the design code to great effect in the regeneration of the Hatfield Old Town, using design codes to achieve congruent and coherent development. Design codes are also at the heart of the estates proposed strategic developments at Symondshyde, Stanboroughbury and Creswick and will be key to generating a sense of place in these new communities.

In the afternoon, a site visit to Hatfield Old Town will we showcase the value of design codes  and observe the successful delivery of high quality housing and employment space. The site visit will also take the opportunity to look to the future developments in the Old Town and how they will follow the design code to ensure that the progress achieved so far can be consolidated.


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