At the Design Network we’re huge fans of everything to do with great places and good design.  We depend on you, the decision makers, to take action and use your power and influence to change places for the better.  To help you do this, we provide the latest policy updates and other significant news to help you in your role within planning, placemaking and design in the built environment.

Please do contact your regional organisations with any issues, queries or ideas on how we can ensure the places we build are well-designed and contribute positively to our health and wellbeing. We are here to share and exchange knowledge and make great places in which your community can thrive.

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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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