Design:Midlands want to reassure that we are taking coronavirus seriously and will wish to avoid putting our associates, Panel members, local authority and developer/design colleagues at any risk – your safety is our utmost priority in delivering our services to you.

For now, we will not be holding face to face events, but will be offering remote-based support instead. We will be discussing with those that have booked onto design reviews on how this can be delivered. We will adapt design support on any new commissions received in this interim period.

Training events will be postponed until later in the year – and delegates will receive separate notification on that.
If you have any queries about our approach, or suggestions on how we can best continue to provide support, please let us know.

We hope the current crisis is not affecting you, your loved-ones or your business too much and that we can get back to normal soon. Thank you.

Design:Midlands creates bespoke training courses

We have developed course content and delivered training events to town planners and elected members from local authorities.

Throughout 2018 and 2019 our planning training has focused on using the “Councillor’s Companion for design in Planning” and “The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking”, to provide a high quality design training programme delivered across the East Midlands, in conjunction with The Ministry of Housing and Local Communities (MHCLG) and partner Local Authorities including: Rutland, South Kesteven, Erewash and Northampton.

Previous training events have explored both policies and processes aimed at promoting excellence in design quality and place making. In February 2019 in conjunction with East Midlands Councils, the Design Network and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) we developed and delivered an event focused on best practice in embedding good design in planning policy and decision making.  Afternoon workshops examined: approaches to ensuring that design is addressed throughout the planning process; the use of design tools and techniques; and the knowledge and skills needed to negotiate over elements of design.

Recently we have also designed and run a series of masterclasses to provide a greater understanding of urban design principles through: the “Manual for Streets” and “Manual for Streets 2” application; SuDs and the importance, benefits and practicalities in achieving robust schemes; exploring how to ‘unpick’ the tricky topic of ‘character’; and identifying how ‘Quality’ green infrastructure can make tangible differences.

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