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]

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]

Design Review: A guide for developers

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This design guide is for all those on the ‘applicant’ side of the development and planning process; landowners, developers, consultants, architects and other designers. It explains how design review works and how to get the most from it. Download … [Continue reading]

Design Review: A guide for local authorities

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This design review guide is suited to those who are on the local planning authority side of the development and planning process, including development management case officers, planning policy officers, specialist officers such as conservation or … [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]

Housing Design Awards Seminar 2017

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Promoting design quality in housing is an integral part of Design South East and so we are pleased to support the Housing Design Awards. The 2017 awards will take place on Monday 10th July and are preceded by the Annual Housing Design Awards … [Continue reading]

Read our response to the Government’s White Paper

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The Government is seeking ways to improve both the quality and quantity of new homes built in the UK.  We have responded to the consultation on their proposals, outlining what we would like to see happen to make sure quality is not forgotten in the … [Continue reading]

Join the Board of Design South East

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Design South East wants to extend its influence and impact on the quality of the built environment. To help us do this we want to strengthen the board by developing its diversity, extend its geographic representation across London, the East and the … [Continue reading]

Margate Arts, Creativity & Heritage (MACH) Conference – 1st February 2017

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This event held at the Turner Contemporary in Margate on 1st February 2017 celebrated the learning from almost 10 years of culture-led placemaking in Margate. With presentations from Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects, Tom Fleming, Tom Fleming … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Study Tour: Bow to Barking – 30th March 2017

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As part of the Kent Design programme we led a study tour around East London looking at medium to high density housing. Focusing on a range of issues such as housing typologies, public realm design and integration of mixed uses, we explored how such … [Continue reading]