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What is Urban Design?

Urban Design

Urban design involves the arrangement and design of buildings, public spaces, transport systems, services, and amenities and is the process of giving form, shape and character to groups of buildings and to whole neighbourhoods in our villages and towns.

Urban design is about making connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric.  Urban design draws together place-making, environmental stewardship, social equality and economic viability to create places with distinct beauty and identity that are functional and practical for the people that live, visit and work there.

Our urban design projects reflect our LDP policies, NPPF paragraphs for sustainable development and place-making to design great places to live, work and visit in the District.

Delivering design quality is a key requirement for all new development.  Design quality responds to the needs of new and existing communities in terms of transport, infrastructure and local amenities and environmental and social considerations for the health, safety and well-being.  Engaging and consulting with the local community is therefore essential.