Urban design is the design of towns, neighbourhoods, streets and public spaces. Urban design deals with the large scale development for example groups of buildings and spaces between them, with the goal of making urban areas attractive and functional for everyone to enjoy.
Urban design is an inter-disciplinary field that utilises elements of many built environment professions, including architecture, highway engineering, landscape architecture and urban planning. It is common for professionals in all these disciplines to practice urban design.
In Dudley Council, urban design plays a key role in planning and regeneration through the provision of ‘design policies in Development Plans, Supplementary Planning Documents, design input into Development Control and special projects, urban design frameworks, masterplans, site development briefs, and option appraisals for development on Council’s land’.
Areas of Work:
- Formulate design policies in Statutory Development Plans.
- Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD): this provides detailed design guidance on the entire town centre or specific areas.
- Provides a front line service that support all stages of Development Control including public inquiry.
- Development Briefs/options appraisal: this provides development vision and options for key development sites.
- Design input to special projects and fund bidding including DY5 Enterprise Zone Masterplan and Metro.
- Design for Community Safety Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG): this provides detailed guidance to ‘designing out crime’ in new development.