Design Support

Design Support

The Consultancy Team offers a range of design support to our customers, including Design Workshops, and Design Briefs.

Design Workshops

What is a workshop?

Design workshops offer you the opportunity for a round the table discussion with the Council’s consultees to resolve any potential design issues.  Your planning case officer will usually attend a workshop, the rest of the attendees are tailored to your requirements, but could include the following officers from departments within the Planning service:

  • Urban design
  • Landscape
  • Ecology
  • Historic Environment
  • Trees
  • Sustainability

The format of the meeting is flexible, and tailored to your requirements, but provides an opportunity for collaborative working between all parties to explore and agree on the best design solutions for particular issues.  Depending on the issues to discuss, and who attends, workshops could be used to sketch out options, assess existing options or simply discuss ways to address particular design issues that have not been satisfactorily resolved.  Officers will also advise on best practice and any potential for enhancement of the proposals.

When is a workshop appropriate / most useful?

Workshops should only be requested once the principle of development has been accepted (your planning case officer can advise you if this is the case), and most ‘planning’ issues have been resolved.  Design workshops are primarily focused on resolving problems with the design of a scheme. 

What does a workshop cost?

A fee will be calculated for each workshop, based on an hourly rate per officer in attendance, and will include any preparation time and writing up / checking of the final report.  The more officers that attend and the more complex the issues to be discussed are, the higher the costs are likely to be.  The average cost for a workshop with 5 specialist officers attending, is approximately £1,000.  A breakdown of the fee proposal can be provided on request.

How do I arrange a workshop?

Speak to your planning case officer, if they are in agreement that a workshop would be beneficial, they will suggest which officers should attend, and ask the Consultancy Team to contact you to arrange the meeting at a mutually agreeable date.

Will I get any written feedback?

Yes, a written report will be issued to the applicant within 10 working days of the workshop.

Design Briefs

A design brief can provide guidance on how best to develop a site, responding to the constraints and opportunities of each individual site.  It can steer development to meet the authorities planning aspirations whilst meeting the client’s requirements.

Each brief will be tailored to suit the different requirements of each site / project, but will usually contain site analysis (constraints, opportunities, analysis of local character etc), which will inform a set of robust design principles to guide development, and will comply with Planning Policy and guidance.

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