National Design Guide

Tuesday 25 February 2020 - 10:00 to 16:00
Urban Room, 38 Carrington Street, NG1 7FG Nottingham

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government recently launched the National Design Guide (NDG), a document welcomed by many in all sectors of the construction industry. But despite some positive reviews, the release managed to generate more questions than answers: What is the weight of National Guidance? How can local authorities build up on it? How can design quality be enforced through planning? What skills and resources are necessary to make this meaningful? How is this going to help communities with a place-based interest? What is beauty? And the list goes on and on.

Join this event to find the NDG influence on:

  • Statutory Duties
  • Local Authority powers
  • Built Environment duties on Climate Change, Public Health and Social Resilience
  • Developers responsibilities - House builders in-house design guides
  • Quality assessment systems



09:00  Registration

10:00  Introduction  Chair Robert Huxford,Urban Design Group (Director)

10:10  Welcome  Nigel Turpin, Nottingham City Council (Urban Design & Heritage Manager)

10:15  The National Design Guide  Jenny Thomas, MHCLG

10:30  The National Design Guide in Context  Jane Dann, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design Ltd (Director)

10:50  Urban Design Strands  Clare San Martin, JTP

11:10  Coffee Break

11:30  Context & Identity strands  Clive Fletcher, Historic England

11:50  Urban Design in Context  Jon Phipps, Lathams

12:05  Nature & Climate Adaption strands  Luke Engleback

12:25  Q&A Panel

12:45  Lunch Break



13:30  Introduction  Chair Robert Huxford, Urban Design Group (Director)

13:35  The Housing Audit Results Summary  Matthew Carmonam, UCL

13:55  BBBB Commission  David Rudlin, Academy or Urbanism 

14:15  Assessing Good Design: tools and strategies in a nutshell

           14:15  Homes England  Dan Roberts, Homes England

           14:35  Nottingham DQF & Co-Place  Laura Alvarez, Nottingham City Council

14:50  Refreshments

15:10  Q&A Panel Debate: The subjectivity of Design - How can Design Quality become objective?

15:30  Wellbeing Design Guide possibly the first grassroots SPD  Penney Poyzer and Shona Munro, NGFP

15:45  Closing remarks  Chair Robert Huxford, Urban Design Group (Director)

16:00  Event concludes