Kent Design Roundtable: responding to the housing White Paper

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On Tuesday 13th June 2017, a group of Kent Design members including heads of planning from local authorities, housebuilders, architects and consultants met at the Maidstone Museum for a roundtable discussion to ask how far proposals in the … [Continue reading]

Mountfield Park wins Best New Neighbourhood Award

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Mountfield Park was one of this year's winners at the Housing Design Awards. Designed by award-winning architects Proctor & Matthews, this development has been designed for 21st Century lifestyles, with the first 140 homes to set a new … [Continue reading]

Study Tour goes off-site in London

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In July the latest Kent Design study tour took a mixed group of planners and other built environment professionals to visit a series of site across South East London. The tour focused on a range of off-site construction systems, from the CLT system … [Continue reading]

David Lock Associates launch website ‘MK50 Trees’

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As part of Milton Keynes reaching its 50th birthday this year, David Lock Associates has created a special website to help mark the occasion, dedicated to the beautiful trees in the Borough. The ‘New City’ of Milton Keynes boasts over 5,000 acres … [Continue reading]

Design Review: A guide for developers

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This design guide is for all those on the ‘applicant’ side of the development and planning process; landowners, developers, consultants, architects and other designers. It explains how design review works and how to get the most from it. Download … [Continue reading]

Design Review: A guide for local authorities

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This design review guide is suited to those who are on the local planning authority side of the development and planning process, including development management case officers, planning policy officers, specialist officers such as conservation or … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Masterclass: Design Codes – 11th July

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Controlling quality and embedding character are key challenges facing the design of any new development. Design Codes are one of the best tools for doing this, yet they remain a rarity in the English planning system. We feel this is a missed … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Study Tour: 6th July 2017

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Off-site construction is increasingly challenging traditional practices in the design and construction industry. From modular systems, to more flexible prefabricated frames, there are a wide range of applications that have been used to create some of … [Continue reading]

Housing Design Awards Seminar 2017

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Promoting design quality in housing is an integral part of Design South East and so we are pleased to support the Housing Design Awards. The 2017 awards will take place on Monday 10th July and are preceded by the Annual Housing Design Awards … [Continue reading]

Read our response to the Government’s White Paper

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The Government is seeking ways to improve both the quality and quantity of new homes built in the UK.  We have responded to the consultation on their proposals, outlining what we would like to see happen to make sure quality is not forgotten in the … [Continue reading]