This 2-Day Urban Design School explores the relevance and potential of design codes in Kent, and discusses the opportunities presented by the new National Model Design Code.

On Day 1 we will explore:

  • the basics of design codes and guides, the differences between them and when each should be used
  • the broader context of design codes and the implications of the White Paper and the National Model Design Code
  • the Kent context and the role of design codes and guides in Kent developments
  • how to de-code or appraise a place using the NMDC worksheet

On Day 2 we will explore:

  • a case study in Kent developed using a design code
  • how to develop a piece of code drawing conclusions from the previous day’s NMDC worksheet results
  • the implications of design codes in planning and design

This 2-day Urban Design School is designed for public and private sector practitioners with limited or some knowledge and experience of design codes; those who would like to refresh or build on their existing knowledge; and those who are interested in exploring the opportunities posed by the new National Model Design Code.

Delivered by:

David Rudlin, Principal, URBED
Clare San-Martin, Consultant, John Thompson & Partners
Kevin McGeough, Head of Strategy & Place-making, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
Georgina Bignold, Director, Proctor & Matthews Architects
Sue McGlynn, Director, Sue McGlynn Urban Design
Garry Hall, Design Advisor, Design South East
Helen Goodwin, Head of Programmes, Design South East
Laura Lewis-Davies, Learning Manager, Design South East

Organisations attending this event are:
Barratt David Wilson Homes / Barton Willmore / BPTW / Canterbury City Council / Countryside Properties / Curl la Tourelle + Head Architecture / Dartford Borough Council / DHA / Dover District Council / Ebbsfleet Development Corporation / Folkestone & Hythe District Council / Gravesham Borough Council / Hazle McCormack Young / Kent County Council / Medway Council / Maidstone Borough Council / North Herts District Council / On Architecture / Sevenoaks District Council / Swale Borough Council / Tibbalds / Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council / Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Key details:
Date: Thursday 4th & Friday 5th March 2021
Time: 10am – 3pm (both days)
Format: Online via Zoom

Booking details:
This online learning programme is available to Kent Design member organisations. 

In order to make the webinars more manageable we are limiting the number of participants. Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of 2 places per member organisation. However, there will be an opportunity for further delegates  to view a recording of the webinar.  So feel free to  provide additional names beyond the 2 places per member and we will be in touch to let them know how they can participate. 

Kent/Medway local authority members:
Please ensure all bookings are made through your  
key contact or KPOG representative who will be able to book places at this event on your behalf. If you do not know who that is please email :  and we will let you know. 

To book, please email the central Kent Design email address :  with the following details: 

  • Name of delegate(s) 
  • Organisation 
  • Email address of delegate(s) 
  • Confirmation the delegate(s) can access Zoom through a work or personal device

Online platforms:
Once you have successfully secured a place on this online learning programme you will receive a Zoom invitation to the webinar plus as password for the Kent Design Members resource library area where you will be able to download a copy of the webinar recording to share with your colleagues. 

We will be using Zoom as the online conferencing platform.  We appreciate there might be a small number of members who are unable to access Zoom, so please do let us know if you’re unable to participate  and let us know  which platform(s) you do have access to.  We will do our best to help you participate. 

There are a limited number of places available to non-members. Prices are £195+VAT pp and must be booked online here. 

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