National Design Guide Published

Nicholas Pearson Associates welcomes the publication of the ‘National Design Guide’.

The ‘National Design Guide. Planning practice guidance for beautiful, enduring and successful places’ was published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 1 October 2019. The design guide sets out the characteristics of well-designed places and demonstrates what good design means in practice.

The ten characteristics of well-designed places (MHCLG, 2019)

The design guide requires that all developments are well designed and address ten identified characteristics. The ten characteristics are:

  • Context – enhances the surroundings.
  • Identity – attractive and distinctive.
  • Built form – a coherent pattern of development.
  • Movement – accessible and easy to move around.
  • Nature – enhanced and optimised.
  • Public spaces – safe, social and inclusive.
  • Uses – mixed and integrated.
  • Homes and buildings – functional, healthy and sustainable.
  • Resources – efficient and resilient.
  • Lifespan – made to last.

The design guide advocates a landscape and environmentally-led approach, with a constant eye on emerging technologies.  This is an approach we have taken in our work for over 35 years.  This approach will continue to serve our clients and the environment well in delivering high-quality schemes through the planning system.

Andy has expertise across the full spectrum of landscape architecture.

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