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Place Alliance Launch Event – The Design Deficit: Design skills and design governance approaches in English local authorities

22 July - 13:00 - 14:00


With a move to a design-led planning system in England, the question of design skills and approaches in our local authorities looms large. Join us for this lunchtime launch of a major new report from the Place Alliance examining design skills and design governance approaches in England’s local planning authorities. Funded by the Urban Design Group and supported by the Design Council, the research will report on:

  • Design capacity in local planning
  • Funding and recruitment challenges
  • The use of design review, design codes and proactive community engagement in design
  • The use of design guidance and training

Recommendations for Government, the emerging Office for Place and local government will be made.

The report will be available on the Place alliance and UDG websites on the day of the launch.


Laura Alvarez  Nottingham City Council, Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer


Matthew Carmona – The Bartlett, UCL and Chair of the Place Alliance

Joanna Averley (TBC) – Chief Planner at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Nicholas Boys-Smith – Create Streets and Office for Place Transition Board Chair
Alan Stones  Former editor Essex Design Guide and Head of the Essex Design Service


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