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Policy and Guidance

Policy National Planning Policy Framework
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Housing Streets Place Value & the Ladder of Place Quality
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The types of places we inhabit have a profound impact on health, society, the economy and the environment. The Ladder of Place Quality is a simple tool for decision-makers to use when considering: are we making a great place?
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Best Practice

Policy A Community Right to Beauty
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This is a landmark proposition which will help breathe life into the otherwise mundane and drive forward our notion of a landscape for prosperity by empowering creative and community champions to act in making developments in their own neighbourhoods beautiful
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Housing Councillor's Companion for Design in Planning
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This guide will help elected members ensure that our neighbourhoods are well designed, creating places we all want to live and enjoy.
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Housing Good Growth by Design
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Good Growth by Design sets out a united programme of work to enhance the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners.
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Street Better Streets Delivered
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Better Streets Delivered provides an overview of recent street improvement schemes across London. It was produced jointly by TfL’s Urban Design Team and UDL.
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Streets Better Streets Delivered 2
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A follow up from Better Streets Delivered with more examples
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Streets Designing Rain Gardens: A Practical Guidance
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This guide provides you with information on how to design a rain garden in an existing street, and tips on how to avoid common mistakes. The document takes you through the six simple steps involved in designing a rain garden.
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Place Value Wiki
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As a wiki it is available to all researchers to add (or edit) their evidence in order to create a collective resource.
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What next following the Raynsford Review for inspirational place making?
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Planning, Design and Place Making: How do we achieve policy by getting design right first time?
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Design Quality Assessment at Homes England
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This presentation provides guidance on Place Making for Local Delivery
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Design Quality Reflections
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Embedding Design at the Coal Face
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This presentation provides guidance on how to embed design into policy requirements
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Manual for Street Application Summary
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