Urban design - information and advice

Good urban design is essential to creating attractive, high quality and sustainable places in which people wish to live, work and relax. The key elements of high quality design are that:

  • development should respond to the context and character of an area
  • places are well connected and easy to find your way and move through
  • development creates places that are safe and accessible to all
  • places are interesting and provide variety and vitality for communities and businesses
  • well designed and useable areas of public realm - the spaces between buildings are incorporated into schemes

Good design should be the aim of all involved in the development process. Development should be design-led. Bracknell Forest Council expects to see developers and designers paying particular attention to the principles of urban design when proposing development in the borough. The appearance of proposed development and its relationship to its context are material considerations in determining planning applications.

Please refer to:

  • the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
  • local policies contained in:
    • the Core Strategy Development Plan Document
    • Bracknell Forest Borough Local Plan - policies CS7 and EN20
    • the Site Allocations Local Plan
    • the council’s supplementary planning documents

More advice

Further suggested reading includes:

  • By Design - Urban design in the planning system: towards better practice - DETR and CABE, 2000
  • Urban Design Compendium 2 – English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation, 2006
  • Manual for Streets - DfT and DSLG, 2007
  • Manual for Streets 2 – A Wider Application of the Principles – CIHT, 2010
  • Car Parking: What Works Where – English Partnerships 2006
  • Protecting design quality in planning - CABE, 2002

The council has an urban design officer who works closely with planning officers, councillors, planning applicants and developers to promote and facilitate the delivery of quality development within the borough.

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