A new Design Wayfinder supported by the LI promotes good design practice for local authorities.
Commissioned by Design Council CABE, the Design Wayfinder document provides help for local authorities, developers and communities. Promoting good design practice, it provides information on local plan policies and the type of analysis required to decide whether proposed development is acceptable. The document is supported by the Landscape Institute, Planning Officers Society, RTPI, RIBA.
Design now has an even stronger role to play in planning, both in terms of plan making and decision taking. The final National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which was published in March, has swept away other policy guidance, such as PPS1, on design that has informed and influenced development plans and decisions on applications.
In future planning authorities, applicants (and their advisers) and local communities will be expected to take responsibility for securing good design, and for taking the opportunities available to improve an area.This Design Wayfinder is therefore a timely tool aimed at raising design standards through the planning system and improving the quality of places for communities.
The Design Wayfinder can be downloaded for free from the Design Council CABE website.