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Thu 24/03/22, 2.30–4.30pm
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Addressing our climate change targets, this session will look at how we can make the best use of resources and minimise the impact on our environment. We will discuss using the right materials and the use, and re-use, of building products.

Past Event

Thu 04/11/21, am, 10am–12.15pm
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Making a comprehensive plan of your area guides future growth, provides a conceptual layout and involves a wide range of people. This session will consider best practice, investigating what you need to do to get the best from your plan.


10.00 Welcome and Introduction

10.05 Masterplanning overview

What is a masterplan, what does it do and how has the thinking and practice on the design and use of masterplans evolved? Exploring the importance of masterplans in place shaping and how they fit into the range of tools used in planning.

Marcus Wilshere, Director, The Collaborative City

10.20 Masterplanning Principles and Process

What are the key design principles for masterplans and how are these used? What are the stages of creating a masterplan and what does best practice look like? Learning top tips and tricks for how to get the best from a masterplan in development

Design Principles for masterplans and how these are used

Rob Cowan, Director, Urban Design Skills

The masterplanning process

Krishma Shah, Senior Urban Design Officer, Epping Forest DC & Public Practice Associate

11.20 Case study - Lessons from the front line

Nada Elfeituri, Senior Urban Designer, Thurrock BC & Public Practice Associate

11.45 Speaker and Delegate Discussion

What role will masterplans play going forwards, in the context of moves toward the widespread use of design codes?

Marcus Wilshere, Director, The Collaborative Cit

12.15 Wrap up and close

Past Event

Thu 21/10/21, am
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Looking at how design codes are used, including how they are tested during development, how they are used to evaluate scheme proposals and how codes are evaluated over time.


9.45 Registration

10.00 Welcome & Introduction

10.05 An Overview

  • How design codes are used, how they are tested, how they are used to evaluate proposals and how codes are evaluated over time, Mark Parsons, University of Cambridge

10.20 Checking schemes are compliant with codes during the planning process, Louise Mansfield, Allies & Morrison

  • Comfort break

10.45 Exercise - Testing Codes Against Schemes

  • Looking at how codes can be used in practice

11.30 Case Study, Fabrizio Matillana, LB Enfield

  • Comfort break

12.15 Evaluating Codes

  • Understand how to approach longer term design code evaluation – when it needs to happen, who is involved and what methods to use, Kathy MacEwan, Independent Consultant

12.45 Wrap up discussion & close

Past Event

Tue 07/09/21, 10am–1pm
Related Events: Planning

This session looks at what a design code is, where it can be used, how codes are developed and how they fit with existing planning tools, including learning from case studies.



  • Registration


  • Welcome & Introduction


  • What is a design code & why have them?, Joanne Preston
  • Codes & the Planning System, Rory Stracey


  • Delegate exercise on Miro

11.15 Break


  • The Design Coding Process
  • The Coding Process, Vicky Payne
  • Understanding the area & gathering data, Jane Manning
  • Who is involved – Players & the Community, Laura Alvarez
  • Case Study – LB Hounslow Character & Design Code, Louisa Facchino Stack
  • Q&A


  • Wrap up
Past Event

Thu 27/05/21, 10am–1pm
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Technology allows us to share data on interactive mapping tools at the touch of a button. This session will take us through the basics of what is available, how to layer essential planning and environmental information and how it can be used and shared with others.

Past Event

Tue 20/04/21
Related Events: Planning

This session will highlight the plethora of data available as we explore how best to use it, what data is needed to meet targets and how it can help deliver the places we want.

Due to the pre-election period, we will unfortunately not be able to accept bookings from Councillors at this event.

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