Market-led housing covers the predominant area of design in public life: homes and neighbourhoods. Housing built by the private sector accounts for 75% (16,025 out of 21,403) of the new homes completed in 2018/19. We need better design in these new neighbourhoods to ensure we future-proof the Scottish economy.
LAUDF 14, held on the 29th of January at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, and covered key issues around market-led housing. The forum covered case studies and policies addressing smarter green space, green infrastructure, design codes and range of issues. From Countesswells in Aberdeen to Queen’s Quay in Dumbarton, we looked at how better practice in design can achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes in Scotland.
The theme of Market-let Housing was chosen by the steering group and an agenda was then developed by the co-chairs Eily Webster (Moray Council) and Susan Fulton (East Ayrshire Council), with input from Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS). Over 52 professionals representing 22 different local authorities and public bodies attended the forum.
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Lesley McVeigh – Taylor Wimpey
Lesley McVeigh from Taylor Wimpey reflecting on her work on design policy in planning for housing developments at the event.
Chris Gray – OPEN (Optimised Environments) Interview
Chris Gray from OPEN spoke about the idea of ‘Master Developers’ as an approach to good landscaping practice in housebuilding.
The Local Authority Urban Design Forum (LAUDF) is a network to share ideas on current built environment issues. Open to public agency staff, the forum meets twice a year to learn from each other’s experience around design in the built environment. Past topics have included active travel, design review, community engagement and many others. Please encourage colleagues to attend future events. Further information on next full meeting of LAUDF is proposed for later in the year. The steering group meet quarterly and are keen to hear from anyone interested in contributing to developing future meetings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any LAUDF enquiries.