Understanding Local Distinctiveness

38 Carrington Street Urban Room, Nottingham
Thu, 17/01/2019 - 9:30am - 5:00pm

Understanding Local Distinctiveness

Thursday 17th January 2019

38 Carrington Street Urban Room, Nottingham

This event is free of charge but numbers are limited


Register: https://billetto.co.uk/e/understanding-local-distinctiveness-in-nottingham-tickets-324638


A series of talks and workshops to explore what creates unique character and how contemporary design can respond to historic settings.


As development pressures are now being felt by settlements large and small, urban and rural, do we really understand what makes these places special and distinctive? 


Participants will explore:

Why local distinctiveness matters + How developers view local character + How to identify local distinctiveness (toolkits and guides) + How to embed recommendations and requirements into the planning system.

This seminar will be of interest to local authority officers and Councillors, civic societies, amenity and local community groups, and development planning and design consultants with an interest in urban design.


9:00 Registration and refreshments

9:30 Welcome and introductions

10:00 Emerging Nottingham Design Quality Framework and Local Character

           Laura Alvarez, Nottingham City Council

10:15 Understanding Local Distinctiveness: the challenge for new housing

           Louise Thomas, TDRC Ltd


10:45 Existing character and the new Character-less: lessons from practice

            Richard Shaw, Principal Design Officer, South Kesteven District Council

11:30 Green and Blue infrastructure as Character-defining factors

           Charlotte Markey, PR & Planning Consultant, GreenBlue Urban

12:15 Q&A (for 3 morning sessions)

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Toolkits for defining local distinctiveness

           Louise Thomas, HTVF


14:00 A case of characterisation: Carrington St, Nottingham

           Anna Souto, NTU


15:00 Coffee break

15:15 WORKSHOP: What defines character in Nottingham?

           The results will inform the emerging Local Character Design Guide

16:30 Closing remarks

17:00 Event concludes