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Our National Programme for built environment officers and councillors across England covers planning, housing, public realm, streets and transport topics.  The sessions provide an opportunity for those influencing and managing the built environment to meet, share ideas and discuss best practice.

Subscribe to our National Programme for access to a wide range of events. For more information please get in touch.

Corona Virus - In light of Public Health England's guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) (found here), our March and April events will no longer be conducted in physical, face-to-face settings. Audio-described PowerPoint Presentations by our speakers will be made available to those booked on so please continue to sign up. We are looking at how we can run more interactive sessions and will keep you updated as this progresses. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Subscribing organisations have access to events that cover topical issues and challenges.

Past Event

Tue 24/03/20
Related Events: National

For those interested in learning about assessing new country houses, buildings in a rural setting and landscape management.

Agenda includes:

  • The Policy Framework and its Applications - Andy Watson
  • Tools and Techniques for Managing Landscape Change - Kate Ahern
  • Natural Capital and How it Can Help the Rural Economy - Molly Biddell

This session is only open to our National Programme Members.

Past Event

Wed 11/03/20, Time: Half Day
Related Events: Planning

In this session we will take an in-depth look at Strategic site masterplanning in Outer London and beyond, understanding the elements and processes for achieving well designed places through the planning process.  We will investigate case studies and have a practical session mapping out ways to approach masterplanning in the planning process.

Agenda to include:

  • Roundtable Discussion
  • Workshops



Past Event

Tue 26/11/19
Related Events: National

A session covering good plan-making: assessing growth options, finding sites and setting local requirements including community amenities.

This session is only open to our National Programme Members

Past Event

Wed 30/10/19
Related Events: National

A useful introductory/refresher session looking at placemaking and urban design; covering current policy drivers, how to embed good design in local authorities, and understanding the important elements that contribute towards good housing and street design.  This will be a practical session including a site visit and a discussion on the challenges to delivering well designed places. 

This session is only open to our National Programme Members.

 Event agenda here

Subscribing members have access to in-house sessions to deal with specific training or design quality management challenges.

Example sessions include:

  • Introduction to urban design - training for your planning, housing and highway teams
  • Facilitated discussion with Councillors and chief officers on how your authority can best manage and deliver design and place quality
  • Feedback on your draft design policies or guidance documents
  • How to successfully involve communities
  • Introduction to drawing and reading plans
  • Creating a walkable neighbourhood

Subscribing members can also attend specialised events in our London Programme. We run sessions on higher density housing, understanding viability and designing cycle facilities, to name a few.

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Urban Design London events are free to attend for all of our subscribing members. Please use your organisation email to proceed.

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