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.