Good design is critical to effective planning, says Sam Dewar, director of planning consultancy and project management specialists DPA Planning, who considers the key to success is to create places where people want to live.  We have all felt the presence, almost primaeval appeal, of good design. Well thought out, carefully crafted housing developments that are cleverly designed can be empowering, and make us feel safe, secure and at home. And this extends to the wider environment and infrastructure, which surrounds and envelops all of us – from the fundamental layout of streets and pavements to the provision of useful local facilities and community services. On the face of it, it may seem a simple formula, but it’s surprising how easy it is to get this wrong. In balancing the demands of design and planning, I would argue that more thought needs to be given to the type of buildings … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Sam Dewar

Director of planning at DPA Planning.