The role of planning in housing design: design implications of land-use management

Harry Smith, Soledad Garcia Ferrari, Paul Jenkins

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    On the basis of findings from a recent project looking at the status of design in the private sector house-building industry in Scotland, commissioned by the Scottish Government, we explore connections between housing design and wider planning department responsibilities including land-use planning and management. We conclude that a broad conception of design is required in order to understand the influences that land-use planning and management have on approaches that house-builders have to housing design, as well as on the outcomes. We consider the current drive to strengthen design skills in planning departments including in relation to housing design issues and argue that, in addition to this, a more widely embedded understanding of the design implications of land-use planning and management decisions on the housing development process is needed in order to contribute to optimising conditions for good design.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)502-519
    Number of pages18
    JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Government and Policy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


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