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Design South East – Design Code Support

Design code support

We provide practical help and technical expertise to support the development of design codes, guides and policies

With area-wide design codes set to become a statutory requirement, local authorities are recognising the need for specialist support with the process of design coding. Design Codes are a key part of the Government’s Planning Reform agenda to drive up design standards in new development.  

We offer affordable, tailored consultancy that brings best practice and learnings from first-hand experience of the National Model Design Code pilots to officers looking to take this agenda forwards in-house. From our expert network, we draw on the guidance of the best thinkers and specialists in this field who bring their practical experience of the design coding process. 

If you could benefit from our design code support, please contact and request a meeting.

Design codes training

We deliver design codes training to cross-departmental working groups within local authorities. This helps officers from different teams and directorates to understand the value of design codes and of good design in enabling them to deliver on their various objectives and agendas, and builds the baseline data to inform the design coding process. We offer some standard training packages here.  

Design code strategy

We develop design code strategies for area-wide design codes. We work with officers to understand different approaches to design coding in relation to the local authority’s priorities, to enable the development of the design code in-house (or to support the procurement of a specialist consultant). 

Design code visioning

We support and empower local communities to shape and co-produce the vision that underpins the design coding process. Our stakeholder engagement workshops help to ensure that new developments deliver what are ‘provably popular’, healthy and sustainable new places. 

Design code review

We act as a critical friend to help you to be an effective client for consultants preparing and delivering the design code. We have extensive experience of guiding authorities to ensure they secure the most practical and user-friendly design codes to positively shape developments in their area. 

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