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.
Project Type:Site Design Advice Notes

Site Design Advice Notes – Daventry District Council

We were appointed by Daventry District Council to produce site design notes, as part of their Local Plan preparation.

Site Design Advice Notes were produced for Daventry District Council to provide design support and advice on potential residential allocations within the district as part of the preparation of the Part 2 Local Plan which sought to provide for development in the town to meet the outstanding requirements in Part 1 of the Local Plan.

The purpose of the workshops were:

To identify key constraints and opportunities that inform the suitability of the site;

To agree a set of design principles for the site in an illustrative form; and

To produce a proving layout to indicate the potential housing numbers that could be accommodated on the site.

The workshops included a number of key stakeholders which included land promoters, agents, local authority offices i.e. housing, education, highways, conservation, planning etc.; statutory consultees i.e. Historic England and our Panel which comprised of a mix of built environment disciplines including urban design, planning, landscape architecture, highways, heritage and conservation. 

Each workshop featured a site visit (the site itself and views from various vantage points around the site) and was structured around the following themes - Site and wider context – including site assets and constraints, Connectivity and movement, infrastructure and, Blue and Green Infrastructure. The reports reflected the issues raised at the workshops, identify areas for further potential consideration and / or action if the sites were to be allocated.

The workshops provided an opportunity to gain expert design advice at the site allocation stage, work in collaboration with stakeholders, support local plan work, provide a clear steer for developers and improve the quality of the built environment.

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