FORTHCOMING EVENT from Urban Design London: Are New Residential Streets Good Enough? 21 April, 10:30 – 15:50




Are New Residential Streets Good Enough? – 21 April from 10.30am

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With the Manual for Streets well established, new national planning guidance on street design included on the government’s planning portal and all sorts of good ideas coming forward on residential design – are the new streets we are building to serve new homes up to scratch? Or are they falling down the cracks between planning, masterplanning, architecture and highway engineering?

This one-day conference will look at the state of what we are building, current guidance and ask a range of practitioners what they think before ending with a look at best practice examples. A must for those who are involved with residential development and are interested in the way the new streets are being dealt with.

This is a free event provided by the Design Network. Book by return of post, but places are limited so please confirm as soon as you can .

Speakers to include:
David Birkbeck – Design for Homes
Bob White – Urban Design Consultant
Sue McGlyn – Transform Places
Adam Tillion – Barratt Homes
Phil Jones – Phil Jones Associates
Jon Sandford – HCA
Emily Walsh – Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Mark Philpotts  -London Borough of Havering


10.30 State of the nation – are the new residential streets we are building good enough?

  • Evidence from Built for Life assessments
  • Resident views on new neighbourhoods
  • A national perspective on residential streets
  • Evidence from a house builder

12.00 State of the Guidance – what are we meant to be building, where is this set out and how is it being used

  • A reminder of what MfSs says
  • HCA approach to try to encourage better urban design

1.00 Lunch

1.45 The practitioners’ perspective – what happens in reality

  • The masterplanners’ perspective
  • The housebuilders’ perspective
  • The highway consultants’ perspective
  • The local authorities’ perspective

3.30. Round up and finish

*indicative, some elements might change

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