Place Services unveils new Essex Design Guide

08 Mar 2018

The iconic Essex Design Guide (EDG) has been digitally revamped to provide contemporary socio-economic, environmental, and best practice guidance to planners and those interested in the provision of new housing developments.

Produced by Place Services on behalf of the Essex Planning Officers' Association (EPOA) the new Essex Design Guide has been produced collaboratively with the help and involvement of all Essex local authorities, representatives of house builders, the NHS, Police, Sport England and the Building Research Institute; this ensures the Guide is robust and respects varying priorities, concerns and design considerations.

The 2018 Essex Design Guide and is an interactive web-based design tool; ensuring content can be refreshed and added in order to respond to the challenges and opportunities for Essex.

Whilst the EDG remains relevant to its core user base of town planners, urban designers and developers, the online content and overarching socioeconomic themes are attractive to those who want to understand more about development. A section on Ageing Population articulates how slight adaptations in design can mean older people can live independently in their own home for longer; way-finding clues and sensory stimulation aid those with dementia; multi-functional and flexible amenity spaces encourage residents to use the outside space.

Featuring case studies, updated policy, diagrams and local authority profiles, while maintaining sections on highways, drainage and landscapes, the Guide is a rich resource to help ensure the creation of high quality communities for people in Essex to live, work and enjoy.