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Homes and Neighbourhoods: - URBA

Homes and Neighbourhoods:

The work of CABE

6 May 2009

URBA Workshop

Place Making

‘Place’ is becoming more important as a

driver of economic growth and prosperity.

As technology and other changes enable

labour, capital and information to move

between countries with increasing ease,

the particular characteristics of places,

and their flexibility to respond to

economic trends, become even more

crucial to economic prosperity and


Strong and prosperous communities

Local Government White Paper, 2006

The essential ingredients

of good Place Making

CABE’s housing quality audit

(using Building for Life framework)



very good 5%

good 13%

average 53%

poor 29%

National policy


-CLG policy

-HCA corporate policy

Funding requirements,

standards & thresholds

-HCA housing standards,

-BSF design threshold

-Building for Life

Resident & user demand

-Building for Life


-Spaceshaper CABE’s Methods on

Place Making

Procurement processes

& requirements

-Enabling & Design Review

-Guides & case studies

Local planning policy

& decisions

-Local development frameworks

-Design review


Client commitment

& capability

-Enabling & Design Review

-Guides & case studies

-Awareness & training

Regional & sub-regional regeneration

and planning policy & priorities

-HCA priorities, practices and capacity

-Regional Spatial Strategy

-RDA commitment and funding

-Strategic Enabling (PUSH, Southend)

Key activities for Place

Making in 2009/10

Continuous cycle

of learning and

dissemination to

inform what we

do, how we do it

and to increase

our reach and


Direct project


Working directly with

public agencies to

enhance policy, leadership

& capability

Networks / clubs for public

agencies to learn and share

Training for decision makers

& technical leads in public agencies

Aim to maximise impact

& relevance across all

that CABE do

Recording what we learn &

disseminating it to core audiences

Web based information & dissemination

Thought leadership &, policy & political influence

Example: what CABE can do

diagnostic approach / strategic urban design /

local planning policy & decisions

StrUD best practice:

Cambridge Futures

Diagnostic audits

left: East Midlands online

design capacity audit

below:Partnership for Urban

South Hampshire (PUSH)

design infrastructure

Example: what CABE can do

support for strategic approach to growth and

sustainable development

Ashford growth strategy

Southey Owlerton, Sheffield

Foxhill housing

neighbourhood regeneration strategy:

housing, community buildings,

parks & public space

Margetson Crescent

Shirecliffe Hub

Longley Hub

Example: what CABE can do

...sustaining the momentum – support for follow-on initiatives

South Yorkshire – beyond SOAR

- TSY delivering design quality initiative

- best practice visits to Sheffield

- learning from SOAR & city centre

- working with developers: procurement, training

- Sheffield urban design compendium and other subregional

and local guidance

- Training & BfL assessors

- BfL in policy & process

Henley Rise, Rotherham

South Yorkshire Housing Association - 23 houses

Rotherham – Westgate Demonstration project

(design coding programme)

Bourbon Lane housing, Shepherd’s Bush

Anglo-French housing competition / BfL award winner

78 affordable homes (rent & shared equity)

EcoHomes Good

Octavia Housing

(Cartwright Pickard & B+C Architectes)


Example: what CABE can do

Project enabling – public buildings

Kaleidoscope Centre for Children and Young

People: (Lewisham, van Heyingen & Haward )

Brunel Academy : (Bristol, Wilkinson Eyre )

City Library:

Newcastle CC /


The Bluecoat:

(City of Liverpool ACE, BiQ Architecten)

Turner Contemporary Gallery: (Margate / David Chipperfield)


Children’s Centre:

LB Richmond /

Sarah Wigglesworth

Example: what CABE can do

Strategic visioning / exemplar projects / public space

Nottingham Old Market Square...

Example: what CABE can do

sustaining the momentum / focus on housing

...leading to CABE-supported Nottingham design initiatives

• Housing quality initiative

• Retrospective appraisal (BfL)

• Design training, seminars, workshops, awards

• Sustainability handbook

• City centre urban design guide

• Sustainable Cities in 2009

CABE review of LDF core strategies:

Preliminary findings

• Visions are rarely locally specific

• Good design starts with the core strategy

• Design is not a discrete issue

• Spatial strategy - prioritise ‘what matters’

• ‘Place’, not policy based approach

• Diagrams, maps and illustrations

• Monitoring and evaluation – use of standards and


• Links to SCS, LSPs and delivery

• Communication role of the strategy

Example: what CABE can do

networks & initiatives: Design Task Group

• 38 events, 2003-09

• 1,700+ individual

training days

• network with nearly

1,000 members

• direct contact with 180


• strong CABE presence

in regions

What is Building for Life?

• National benchmark for well-designed housing

and neighbourhoods in England

• Home Builder’s Federation (HBF), CABE,

English Partnerships, Housing Corporation,

Design for Homes, Civic Trust

• 20 criteria

– Character

– Roads, parking & pedestrianisation

– Design and construction

– Environment and community

Good design – not about style


Will it last?


Does it work?


Does it look good?

20 Questions


• Distinctive identity?

……refer to Design & Access Statement 1-4

• Architectural quality?

……refer to Design & Access Statement 1,4,6

• Coherent building layout?

……refer to Design & Access Statement 3

• Easy orientation?

• Response to local setting?

……refer to Design & Access Statement 5, 7

20 Questions

Roads, parking and pedestrianisation

• Priority of building layout over roads?

……refer to Design & Access Statement 3

• Pedestrian and cycle friendly streets?

……refer to Manual for Streets

……refer to Design & Access Statement 3

• Well integrated car parking?

……refer to EP’s “What works where”

……refer to Design & Access Statement 3

• Integrate into existing roads, paths

and neighbourhood?

……refer to Design & Access Statement 3, 8

• Eyes on the street for safety?

…… refer to DCLG/ HO “Safer places”

……refer to Design & Access Statement 8

20 Questions

Environment and Community

• Easy access to public transport?

……refer to Design & Access Statement 7

• Reduced environmental impact?

…….refer to EcoHomes, CSH.

• Appropriate tenure mix?

……refer to local housing need assessment

• Appropriate accommodation mix?

……refer to local housing need assessment

……refer to Design & Access Statement 7

• Proximity to community facilities?

……refer to Design & Access Statement 2, 3

The value argument

The government’s

advisor on architecture,

urban design and public


Inspire. Influence. Improve.

Thank you

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