Webinar 3: Community and the National Design Guide
Tues 23 June 11-12WATCH NOW
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The National Design Guide (NDG) makes 45 references to ‘community' against five themes: resilience, facilities/services, cohesion, management and community-led development. The NDG focuses on ‘quality' but fails to fully address ‘process’. Conversations with the community need to start early to encourage involvement and participation.
To deliver high quality design a community needs support to facilitate conversations on design in planning, the role of architects and other design professionals is crucial.
To achieve social and environmental equity, we need an understanding of the 'social variables of place’; early site analysis helps to demonstrate how that can be measured.
COVID has made digital consultation more accessible. But, the fundamentals of good community engagement remain the same - manage expectations, identify hard to reach groups and be proactive in providing timely and consistent feedback.
Design Review Panels could be adapted to engage better with the community. Although confidentiality of schemes remains essential, there is scope to consider this process.
Design and Access Statements need to be strengthened, their use to explain how a scheme has evolved is useful, but generally they lack emphasis on wider issues of health, well-being and social inequality.
Annabel Keegan, Urban Designer (Facilitator), Chris Twomey, Architect (Design:Midlands Chair), Peter Neal, Landscape Architect, Laura Alvarez, Urban Design, Community Facilitator