Understanding Local Distinctiveness

Thursday 17 January 2019 - 9:00 to 17:00
38 Carrington Street Urban Room, Nottingham
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 (toolkitsand 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, South Kesteven District Council (Principal Design Officer)

11:30 Green and Blue infrastructure as Character-defining factor  CharlotteMarkey, GreenBlueUrban (PR&PlanningConsultant)

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