Event Takeaway: Different Homes, Different Places

Event Takeaway


Our event takeaways are compiled into a useful booklet that summarises our year’s events and offer a useful glimpse into the excellent ideas, wonderful examples and challenging propositions we have enjoyed. You can visit our Resource page to download a copy of past Takeaways.

Here are the main takeaways from our Different Homes, Different Places event:

  • Small sites and infill sites have an increasingly important role to play in London’s growth. They are an opportunity to plan creatively for neighbourhoods and boroughs.

  • Be a good neighbour. Ensure that infill sites positively respond to a neighbourhood’s character and don’t forget to bring the community along with you when exploring potential development opportunities.

  • Temporary sites can have long-term benefits. The PLACE collaborative programme plans to deliver new modular housing on meanwhile sites for homeless families, starting in LB Tower Hamlets. The aim is to improve the quality of supply and make temporary accommodation available to boroughs at a lower cost.

  • If in doubt, refer to the basics of good housing. Themes of Good Housing, from The Housing Design Handbook, include privacy & communality, well designed, shared spaces and flexible layouts. Also ensure the site layout maximises daylight and sunlight.

  • Quality housing and good health are closely linked. It’s no co-incidence that the National Housing Design Awards were set up the same year as the NHS, more than 70 years ago. Create places that are walkable, people friendly and encourage different uses to make our city more sustainable and enjoyable.

Jon Herbert, Troy Planning
Jon Goodall, Troy Planning
Mark Baigent, LB Tower Hamlets
Jo McCafferty, Levitt Bernstein
David Birkbeck, Design for Homes
Alex Ely, Mae Architects



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