This book directly addresses the major planning debate of our time - the delivery and quality of new housing development. As pressure for new housing development in England increases, a widespread desire to improve the design of the resulting residential environments becomes evermore apparent with increasing condemnation of the standard products of the volume housebuilders.
In recent years central government has come to accept the need to deliver higher quality living environments, and the important role of the planning system in helping to raise design standards. Housing Design Quality focuses on this role and in particular on how the various policy instruments available to public authorities can be used in a positive manner to deliver higher quality residential developments.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Context for Delivering Quality 1. Housing Design Quality and Control: The Need for Research Inset 1. Essex County Council - The 'New' Essex Guide 2. Residential Design Control: History and Government Guidance up to 1997 Inset 2. Suffolk County Council - A New Generation Guide 3. The Design Debate and a New Framework for Control Inset 3. Cotswold District Council - Advocating a 'Cotswold Style' 4. The Speculative House: Product and Process Inset 4. North Norfolk District Council - Guiding Negotiation 5. The Fundamentals of Controlling Design Inset 5. Dacorum Borough Council - The Character Area Approach Part 2: Current Practice and Innovation in Control 6. Bridging the Professional Divide Inset 6. London Borough of Harrow - Achieving Suburban Distinctiveness 7. Residential Design Policy and Guidance: A Snapshot of Practice in the 1990s Inset 7. Manchester City Council - Hulme, The 'Design Code' Approach 8. Innovation in the Control of Residential Design Inset 8. Wycombe District Council - Development Briefing for Housing Part 3: The Challenge for Control 9. An Agenda for Delivering Housing Quality Inset 9: West Dorset District Council - The Footprint Solution 10. Towards a Residential Renaissance Inset 10. Sedgemoor District Council - Negotiating Quality Appendices Bibliography Index