design quality

Rules for s106 agreements may change under Growth and Infrastructure Act options

By Roy Pinnock

Onerous section 106 requirements can tip schemes into unviability, but new rules could see the sums adding up for more development projects. Viability debates increasingly shape development: its size, quality and tenure. Getting the tipping point right, between demanding too much and securing too little, remains a fundamental challenge. Hardening in the residential market and the creation of a new viability appeal through the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 are changing the game. Roy Pinnock from Dentons investigates

Urban Design Lessons 2014: Housing Layout and Neighbourhood Quality

Lessons learnt from 100 design proposals and financial data submitted for the DPP2 panel procurement. The report shows that good urban design does not have to cost more and can have many benefits. Key urban design principles are illustrated by layout examples, demonstrating good practice and areas for consideration. The lessons may inform future design proposals, assist in the assessment of bids and improve the quality of housing-led developments.

We know what we like, so why don't we build it?

By John Dales

The reasons why we, as individuals, enjoy public space may be fairly easy to appreciate in broad terms, but we struggle to put numbers to them. This troubles decision-makers who fear anything that smacks of subjectivity or opinion, even if it’s an opinion that they and many others plainly share. By contrast, a report with numbers has the appearance of objectivity to those same decision-makers