Taylor Review of National Planning Policy Framework Guidance

Key results

1.What should be included in the guidance to support the National Planning Policy Framework

Answer Options

Vital

Important

Moderately important

Not important

Objectives for urban design given in By Design (Character, Continuity and Enclosure, Quality of the Public Realm,  Ease of Movement, Legibility, Adaptability, Diversity)

75%

19%

5%

1%

Definition of characteristics of urban form given in By Design (Layout: Urban Structure, Layout: Urban Grain, Landscape, Density and Mix, Scale: Height and  Massing, Appearance: Details and Materials )

72%

22%

5%

1%

Design Principles from Manual for Streets 1

46%

36%

14%

3%

Design Principles from Manual for Streets 2

44%

39%

14%

4%

Building for Life 12 – criteria

36%

40%

15%

9%

Guidance on design codes,

25%

42%

26%

8%

Guidance on design review,

21%

42%

32%

5%

Guidance on information needed with applications,

35%

40%

18%

6%

how to apply design tests in NPPF e.g. interpretation of "take opportunity to improve quality of place"

41%

39%

15%

5%

How to comply with the Equality Act

14%

34%

35%

17%

Drainage, SUDS. Water Sensitive Urban Design, Flooding etc

32%

42%

20%

7%

Utilities

12%

45%

32%

11%

 

2. The Taylor Review states that ; the  "principles of good urban design,(contained in By Design).. are considered to be well understood and mainstreamed in planning work.".    What is your view?

Agree strongly : principles are well understood and mainstreamed

Agree

Neither agree or disagree

Disagree

Disagree strongly - principles are not well understood or mainstreamed

5.3%

17.9%

12.6%

21.9%

42.4%

 

3. The Taylor Review recommends that By Design be cancelled, but that any relevant material should be incorporated into revised guidance.  Some practitioners are concerned that early cancellation would involve a period where there was no guidance in place.   What would you recommend should happen to By Design?

92.7 percent of respondents favoured retention of By Design until replaced by the revised guidance.

 

4 What do you think would be the main reasons for retaining By Design until revised guidance is prepared

Percentage of respondents stating the reason give is important or vital.

To support planning decisions and appeals,

91.%

To ensure understanding of its key elements is not lost

90 %

To retain stability and certainty

87 %

 

5 Consequences of cancelling By Design

93 percent of respondents anticipated that design quality and certainty in the planning system would be damaged if By Design were cancelled before the new guidance had been made available.

 

6 Who should prepare and maintain the revised guidance?

The most popular choice would be a consortium of interested groups eg central and local government, professional institutions, local design centres, academia etc; followed by professional institutions, and government.

 

 

The survey results may be downloaded here