Housing Design Quality
Author: Matthew Carmona
Table of Contents
Abstract. Contents. List of Tables. List of Figures. Acknowledgements. Part I: The Context for Delivering
Quality. Chapter 1: Housing Design and Control: The Need for Research. Across the World. The Housing
Numbers Game. An Investment Reaps Dividends. Residential Design Control- A Research Gap.
Research Aim and Objectives. The Book Structure. The Eight Research Stages. Conclusion. Inset 1:
Essex County Council - The 'New Essex Guide'. Chapter 2: Residential Design Control: History and
Government Guidance up to 1997. The Historical Context for Controlling Residential Design. Public
Health and Amenity. Standards and Utopia. Conservation Counter Attack. The Design Guides. Free
Market Backlash. A New Deal. A Possible Renaissance? Evaluation: Lessons from History. Government
Guidance and Advice on Residential Design in England - March 1992 to February 1997. The Significance
of Government Guidance. Development Plans and Supplementary Planning Guidance. Sustainable
Development. Design and Housing. The Design Process. Residential Roads. Evaluation: Government
Guidance to February 1997. Conclusion Inset 2: Suffolk County Council - A New Generation Guide.
Chapter 3: The Design Debate and a New Framework for Control. The Design Debate. The Stakeholders.
The Design Control Debate. Evaluation: The Design Debate. A New Framework for Control. The Potential
for Consensus. The New Framework. Prioritising Urban Design. Prescription Without Interference.
Prioritising Design Process. Evaluation: A New Framework for Control. Conclusions. Inset 3: Cotswold
District Council - Advocating a 'Cotswold Style'. Chapter 4: The Speculative House: Product and Process.
Perspectives on the Speculative Residential Product. The Views of the Different Stakeholders. The
Rebuttal. Contradictory Objectives. The Product 1999/2000 - An Example in Thamesmead. Evaluation:
The Speculative Product. The Speculative Residential Process - Housebuilders and Buyers. House
Building and Planning Processes. The Housebuilding Sector. Projecting a Market Image. The Drive to
Standardise. Developing Design. Innovation in Design. The Question of Land. House Buyer Choice.
Volume House Buyers' Perceptions and Motivations. Evaluations: The Speculative Process. Conclusion.
Inset 4: North Norfolk District Council - Guiding Negotiation. Chapter 5: The Fundamentals of Controlling
Design. Theory, Appraisal, Hierarchy and Resources. The Need for a Theoretical Conceptualisation of
Design. The Importance of Appraisal to Underpin Policy and Guidance. The Value of a Full Hierarchy of
Design Guidance. The Need for a Resource Efficient Partnership Approach. Evaluation: Theory,
Appraisal, Hierarchy and Resources. Conclusion. Inset 5: Dacorum Borough Council - The Character
Area Approach. Part II: Current Practice and Innovation in Control. Chapter 6: Bridging the Professional
Divide. Research Method. Analysis of Responses. A New Consensus. Analysis of Key Respondent
Messages. The Development Lobby. The Design Professionals. The Planners. The Amenity Lobby.
Detailed Comparative Analysis. Response to Context. Design Criteria. Mixed Use and Sustainable
Development. Design Process. Design Policy/Guidance. Local Authority Design Review. Bridging the
Divide. Evaluation: A New Consensus. Inset 6: London Borough of Harrow - Achieving Suburban
Distinctiveness. Chapter 7: Residential Design Policy and Guidance: A Snapshot of Practice in the
1990s. Research Methods. Country-wide Survey of Residential Design Guidance. Content Analysis.
Methodological Problems. Country-wide Survey of Residential Design Guidance. Response Rates.
Prevalence. Hierarchical Use. Age/Status. Evaluation: Country-wide...
This book directly addresses the major planning debate of our time - the delivery and quality of new
housing development. As pressure for new housing development in England increases, a widespread
desire to improve the design of the resulting residential environments becomes evermore apparent with
increasing condemnation of the standard products of the volume housebuilders.In recent years central
government has come to accept the need to deliver higher quality living environments, and the important
role of the planning system in helping to raise design standards. Housing Design Quality focuses on this
role and in particular on how the various policy instruments available to public authorities can be used in a
positive manner to deliver higher quality residential developments.