A&DS is pleased to share outputs from the latest meeting of the Local Authority Urban Design Forum (LAUDF), held at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on 8th Dec 2016.
The attached newsletter covers the eighth meeting of the Forum, which focussed on the topic of Delivering Place Quality in Housing. The meeting was well attended by over 40 professionals from 20 local authorities or public bodies and attracted a good mix of people across planning, architecture, urban design, housing and landscape professions.
Presentations at the event included development industry perspectives from Gary Watt of Igloo regeneration and Fraser Walsh of Cala Group. Speakers from City of Edinburgh and Glasgow City Council highlighted opportunities for local authorities to take a leadership role in shaping place quality. Elaine Scott – City of Edinburgh Council shared learning from the City’s 21st Century Homes building programme. Angela Doran – Glasgow City Council, introduced Glasgow City Council’s Maryhill Self Build Project.
Two key workshops enabled forum members to consider the challenges and opportunities for delivery of place quality in new housing. Forum members contributed learning and examples from their own places to prompt discussion and stimulate shared learning about common challenges, successful practices and potential approaches.
Forum discussions were topical in the context of the recent independent review of the Scottish Planning system ‘Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places’, which proposes a focus on the delivery of more high quality homes and stronger leadership from the public sector as two of its key outcomes. The Scottish Government’s white paper in response to the planning review Places, People and Planning, is currently open for consultation.
The LAUDF is a network for local authority practitioners with an involvement in urban design to share ideas on current issues, learn from each other’s experience and build up resources that everyone can benefit from. The forum is led by participants, with support from A&DS.
The next meeting scheduled for May 2017. If you would like to find out more about getting involved with the Forum, please get in touch here.