Paragraph 133 of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (currently out for consultation) adds clarity to the role design plays, in particular reflecting the weight of design guides and codes. But how do the Design Codes differ from what is being done already by many Local Planning Authorities e.g. they are required to provide design codes for key sites? They will require resourcing, shifting consultation to engagement and collaboration, how can stretched Local Planning Authorities approach this in innovative ways? Are Design Codes missing the bigger picture – how to address existing places and different scales of site? Speakers will outline their experiences and cover some of these questions.

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