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Design documents

There are no universally agreed definitions for design documents, and there is a lot of overlap in names and use, particularly with documents that relate to specific areas.

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Design mistakes

But things don't always go according to plan! Here are a few common design mistakes people might make:

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Design principles for streets

It's vital that you think about the principles for creating successful streets, before you make a decision on works, projects or schemes which will change them.

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Design process

People often get confused about whether good design is an outcome or a process. It's both really - you don’t get the good outcome without the good process. It needs a few key things:
  • creativity
  • understanding
  • communication
  • open mindedness
  • adequate financing

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Design standards for housing

Over the last few years we've seen a huge public policy push to build more homes, and better quality homes and neighbourhoods. Success has been sketchy, with CABE’s housing audits finding that far too many new homes are not well enough designed or constructed.

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Discussing design with others

Engagement and consultations are musts in both the planning and highway systems. It makes sense that any designer, developer or provider should talk to the people who will be using places to find out what works, what doesn’t work and what they want.

But the question is: How can we ensure that it helps deliver good design and not just lowest common denominator solutions that appease everyone but inspire no one?

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Diversity and choice

"It's not like it used to be" is a cry you often hear as people hark back to times of local post offices, grocers and butchers in each neighbourhood.

But diversity and choice is more than just having different things happening together. A place that is diverse has areas for work and play, opportunities for different types of living and working, mixed communities rich in cultural heritage, and sometimes a wide range of complementary styles. It should have all the ingredients that make up a good neighbourhood and they all should be easy to get to. Of course, if there is lots going on in an area it will probably look pretty diverse and interesting too.

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Drawings pack

A drawings pack is the set of drawings that are required as a minimum for assessment purposes. Without the complete set of drawings, not all of the information required will be shown.

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Ease of movement

People generally want to live somewhere that has easy access to shops, workplaces, schools, leisure activities and so on. Of course some people relish the idea of living in 'splendid isolation' but they are in the minority. With jobs to do, children to look after, friends to visit, most people want to have transport and amenities within easy reach. Places should be designed to help people get to where they want and need to go easily and, wherever possible, without having to drive.

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East of England Plan

The East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) is the regional planning body for the east of England and has a statutory duty to prepare and implement the Regional Spatial Strategy, known in this region as the East of England Plan. It was published in May 2008, and covers the period 2001 to 2021.

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