Housing delivery under threat through a lack of design skills in planning

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The Government, both in its manifesto and in the recent Housing Green Paper, committed itself to a step change in the delivery of high quality new homes across the country.  New research puts those aspirations in doubt because of worsening design … [Continue reading]

DSE Panel grows to meet demand

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DSE has recently completed a refresh and expansion of its main expert panel. The panel provides expert advisors for our design reviews throughout London, the South East and East Anglia as well as helping us with workshops, charrettes, training and … [Continue reading]

Kingston Panel appointed

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DSE has completed the recruitment and appointment of a new design review panel on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. The panel will review all new development proposals in Kingston over a certain threshold. Like many outer London … [Continue reading]

Join our Black Country Panel

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Help us build a 21st century garden city in the West Midlands The Black Country LEP is seeking built environment experts to join an assessment panel for its Black Country Garden City initiative, which will be managed by DSE.  People with a wide … [Continue reading]

Urban Design Autumn School with UCA

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Organised by Design South East and the MA Urban Design course at UCA Canterbury, this year’s Urban Design Autumn School will be based at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. Confronting development pressures across Kent, and leading on from last … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Roundtable: responding to the housing White Paper

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On Tuesday 13th June 2017, a group of Kent Design members including heads of planning from local authorities, housebuilders, architects and consultants met at the Maidstone Museum for a roundtable discussion to ask how far proposals in the … [Continue reading]

Mountfield Park wins Best New Neighbourhood Award

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Mountfield Park was one of this year's winners at the Housing Design Awards. Designed by award-winning architects Proctor & Matthews, this development has been designed for 21st Century lifestyles, with the first 140 homes to set a new … [Continue reading]

Study Tour goes off-site in London

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In July the latest Kent Design study tour took a mixed group of planners and other built environment professionals to visit a series of site across South East London. The tour focused on a range of off-site construction systems, from the CLT system … [Continue reading]

David Lock Associates launch website ‘MK50 Trees’

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As part of Milton Keynes reaching its 50th birthday this year, David Lock Associates has created a special website to help mark the occasion, dedicated to the beautiful trees in the Borough. The ‘New City’ of Milton Keynes boasts over 5,000 acres … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Masterclass: Design Codes – 11th July

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Controlling quality and embedding character are key challenges facing the design of any new development. Design Codes are one of the best tools for doing this, yet they remain a rarity in the English planning system. We feel this is a missed … [Continue reading]