This Kent Design event held at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury brought together parish councils, neighbourhood forums and district council staff involved in neighbourhood plans to explore best practice on how design and place-making objectives can be achieved through neighbourhood planning. We looked at wording to use for clarity in drafting design policies so they are likely to be successfully enforced.
Participants brought their draft plans, notes from consultations and early ideas and shared learning from other examples in Kent. We found the significance of transport and road design to be an area of particular interest, with two Neighbourhood Plans exploring traffic calming projects in the heart of their villages
To assist those involved in neighbourhood plans we have provided a collection of online links with useful information:
Oxford City Council – Character Assessment Toolkit
Keep an eye on www.kentdesign.org and #KentDesign for details of all future Kent Design events.