Study Tour: Building at Density: learning from London

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With ambitious housing targets and concern over the loss of countryside, there is a strong case for considering higher density housing development in Kent and Medway. However, previous poor practice has led to suspicion of ‘non-traditional’ … [Continue reading]

Brighton & Hove City Charrette


On Monday March 20th we will be hosting a charrette to help shape the thinking about the future of Brighton & Hove. We will be joining leaders and influencers in the City, the Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council, members of the … [Continue reading]

Whose job is it anyway: a question of leadership?


Quality of place matters; it provides the structure through which communities grow and it strengthens local economies. The transformation of places as different as Sheffield and Cambridge show that leaders manage to deliver quality despite limited … [Continue reading]

Urban Design Autumn School: Growing the City: Designing the Urban Edge

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From 9.00am Thursday 6 until 5.00pm Friday 7 October 2016 University for the Creative Arts, New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3AN The Urban Design Autumn School offers amazing learning opportunities with some of the UK’s … [Continue reading]

Brighton & Hove Panel Chair announced

Bishop, Peter

Brighton & Hove City Council has set up a new Design PLACE support service with Design South East to help ensure major new developments in Brighton & Hove meet high quality standards. The Council is an early adopter of the recent Farrrell … [Continue reading]

The Forest House – Paragraph 55 housing

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Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework allows isolated new houses in the countryside only under very narrow and strict criteria. So-called Paragraph 55 houses are permitted if they can demonstrate the exceptional quality or innovative … [Continue reading]

Horsted Park – volume residential development

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Horsted Park is a major new residential development by Countryside in Chatham. Located on the site of the former Mid Kent College and adjacent to Fort Horsted - a large ancient scheduled monument - it is a key regeneration project in the town. The … [Continue reading]

Worthing Pool – public sector and masterplanning

Worthing Pool

The Splashpoint Leisure Centre in Worthing, by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, is a highly successful coastal regeneration project. The project occupies a key site on Worthing beach front, and forms part of a larger masterplan for this portion of the … [Continue reading]

Meet the Design South East Panel


Authoritative and professionally managed, the Design South East Panel offers a clear, constructive and consistent voice on design quality in the built environment. The Design South East Panel consists of practitioners with an exceptional range of … [Continue reading]

Bringing world class expertise to the local level


Implementing local design review arrangements through Design South East "Local planning authorities should have local design review arrangements in place to provide assessment and support to ensure high standards of design... In assessing … [Continue reading]