Design for Communities Fund on Crowdfunder

Have you got an idea for a project to improve your area for the benefit of the local community or do you know someone that has? The Design for Communities Fund created by Design South East has pledged up to £10,000 to support innovative crowdfunding projects in the South-East and East of England, outside London, that improve access to and understanding of good design of the built environment – buildings, landscapes and public spaces.

Projects must meet at least one of the fund’s objectives:

A. Improve your local environment

B. Increase community capacity to plan/manage/change the built environment.

C. Develop community understanding/skills in good design.

If you have an idea for a project but are not sure whether it meets the criteria, check out the fund criteria, terms and conditions here.

Perhaps you’ve heard about ‘crowdfunding’ but you’re not really sure what it’s about and how it could work for you. Sign up to online workshops

Start crowdfunding your project on Crowdfunder by midnight 04th June 2018 and apply for Design for Communities extra funding.

Kent Design Masterclass – Designing with Nature

Beyond the policy obligations to promote biodiversity and protect threatened species, are there other benefits to developments driven by considerations of landscape and nature? This masterclass will explore the natural and social capital as well as the increase in marketability that can result from landscape-led masterplanning and ecologically-sensitive development.

Bringing landscape architects to the table at the earliest stage is a recognition that the spaces around the buildings are just as important as the buildings themselves in terms of building a strong sense of community. Early involvement by an ecologist can help smooth the planning and implementation of a development as well as avoiding impacts on habitats and species that can require intensive – and expensive – mitigation and compensation solutions. This masterclass will introduce principles, policies and strategies as well as exemplar case studies that have proposed landscape and ecological processes as drivers of design.


Selina Mason, Lendlease, former Partner at LDA Design and Director of Design Integration, LLDC.

Samuel Durham, Head of Ecology, Lloyd Bore

Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018

Time: 13:00 – 17:00

Location: Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX

Click here for directions and further information.

Message to our Local Authority members: Please check with your KPOG representative who will be able to book places at this event on your behalf.

Non-members will be charged £95.00 pp + Vat. Tickets can be booked online.

To book your place, and find about about other forthcoming Kent Design events please visit: Kent Design 

Delivering design quality in Kent and Medway – a one day workshop

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Reading housing scheme gets permission

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Black Country Panel appointed


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Grain House gets planning approval


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DCLG Planning Delivery Fund

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DCLG have announced new funding to help improve design quality and speed up housing growth. DSE can be your partner to deliver the outcomes required. The Planning Delivery Fund includes streams for Joint Working, Design Quality and Innovation.  … [Continue reading]