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Comprehensive guide to retirement living

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University. Sponsored by Churchill Retirement Living, supported by Housing LIN. Comprehensive guide to retirement living Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful This guide reviews the changing needs and expectations of this development market,

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How good is our place?

Architecture and Design Scotland, NHS – Health Scotland and The Scottish Government The Place Standard Guide Published: 2015 Ranking: useful In their words: “The Place Standard tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. It allows you to

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Posted in Auditing, Planning, Urban Design

Quality of place matters

Richard Florida and Andrew Small,  The Atlantic; CityLab Why quality of place matters Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: useful The article highlights two research studies. First a recent study that assessed 23 variables of the quality of place from cultural

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Creating age-friendly cities

Houses of Parliament Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Creating age-friendly cities Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This POSTnote from the  examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. As the number of older people living

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Planning, Urban Design

Historic buildings and places

National Disability Authority and Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Improving the accessibility of historic buildings and places Publication date: 2011 Ranking: useful Produced by the Irish National Disability Authority, this document provides detailed advice on making historic and

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When cars are good!

Written by Nigel Appleton, Contact Consulting, for the Housing Learning & Improvement Network Better planning for car ownership and well-being in old age Publication date: May 2016 Ranking: useful This briefing reviews the literature around the significance of car ownership

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Shared space: is it evidence based?

University of the West of England (UWE): Simon Moody and Steve Melia Shared space – research, policy and problems Publication date: 2012 Ranking: essential The authors’ introduction states: “Shared space is an approach to street design which minimises demarcations between vehicles

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Posted in Disability, Highways, Planning, Urban Design

Housing standards 2015

Habinteg HA Briefing: 7 points about the new Housing Standards 2015 Publication date: October 2015 Ranking: essential This valuable briefing from Habinteg explains the policy context and implementation plan for the new Housing Standards. It will be of particular use to anyone

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Guerrilla Wars in Everyday Public Spaces

Kin Wai Michael Siu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Guerrilla Wars in Everyday Public Spaces: Reflections and Inspirations for Designers. Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful This research offers designers a new perspective for examining how city users are tactically living in their cities.

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Co-design in Peckham

Guardian Newspapers Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Co-design picks up on the idea of “co-production” where in this case local people were able to provide the council with access to their local expertise on an area rather than having a top down approach.

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Neighbourhoods for life Checklist

Housing Corporation Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful   This checklist gives a range of design recommendations to help housing associations improve the quality of life of older people with dementia in the outdoor environment. How to view a copy To

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Neighbourhoods for Life: Designing dementia-friendly outdoor environments

Oxford Brookes University Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful The number of older people in the UK is rising dramatically, particularly in the age group of 85 years and above. As the likelihood of developing dementia increases with age, reaching a one

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Design and access statement. How to write,read and use them.

Design Council (formerly the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment) Publication date: 2006 Ranking: Essential In May 2006, the government introduced changes to the planning applications process that brought Design and Access Statements into more common use . Though Planning

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Traffic Advisory Leaflet 01/13: Reducing sign clutter

Department for Transport Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful Over-provision of signs can have a detrimental impact on the environment and can dilute more important messages if they result in information overload for drivers. Importantly, they can be a significant access

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Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO)

I’DGO project Publication date: various Ranking: useful This is a link to the valuable website resource funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a part of a project that was established in 2003. I’DGO has a longstanding record

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Health, Highways, Planning, Urban Design

Violence, Sexuality and Space Research summary

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Publication date: 2005 Ranking: useful Looks at how homophobic violence results in social exclusion in some geographic areas and the reasons why this occurs. Shows it is not just the way space is designed

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Older People: New Kids on the Block

Publication date: 2013 Ranking: Useful The report’s author emphasises that despite good intentions, little housing for older people is being planned or built and a clear starting point must be a much better understanding of older people’s housing needs. The

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Public Places, Future Spaces

Womens Design Service Publication date: 1994 Ranking: useful Document provides an account of a study day organised by the Womens Design Service looking at to what extent contemporary models of planning met the needs of women and what needed to change to

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Community safety: a community development approach

London Women and Planning Forum/Womens Design Service Publication date: 1998 Ranking: useful Report of seminar that looked at how to address safety in the community with particular reference to women. Speakers included representatives from Womens Design Service, Hammersmith and Fulham

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DCLG Planning policy for traveller sites

Dept of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Publication date: March 2012 Ranking: useful  This document sets out the Government’s planning policy for traveller sites. It should be read in conjunction with the National Planning Policy Framework.  This policy must be taken

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A forgotten resource: overview of women in regeneration

Womens Design Service Broadsheet No.26 Publication date: 1995 Ranking: useful Note describes role of women in regeneration as both beneficiiaries and decision-makers. Stresses need for women to be represented in groups seeking to deal with regeneration issues and finding that

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Residential neighbourhoods

Womens Design Service (WDS) Broadsheet No.15 Publication date: 1994 Ranking: useful Note describing how local neighbourhoods can be more effectively represented through community consultation about planning issues. How to view a copy Please contact the North Somerset Council Access Officer. How

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Development advice

Womens Design Service (WDS) Publication date: 1992 Ranking: useful This note is an overview of the development advice process for both community groups and their advisers It was developed, in part, from experiences gained of an actual development advice project which

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Public places, future spaces

Womens Design Service Publication date: 1994 Ranking: useful Short note describing a seminar that looked at the needs of women using the public realm. How to view a copy Please contact the North Somerset Council Access Officer. How to obtain a

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Gender audits and impact assessments

London Women and Planning Forum/Womens Design Service Publication date: 2001 Ranking: useful Note describing a seminar that assessed the role Gender Audits and Impact Assessments can play in understanding different gender needs in regeneration and planning.  This seminar fed into the

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Women and urban renaissance

London Women and Planning Forum/Womens Design Service Publication date: 2000 Ranking: useful Short note describing a seminar that looked at how needs of women could be met in the period up to 2020 through the Planning system. How to view

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Gender equality and plan making

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful This gender mainstreaming toolkit provides practical guidance on how to incorporate gender issues into planning at the local level, helping promote equality between women and men. The target audience for

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Gender and spatial planning

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful The note examines definitions of equality, the legal responsibilities of planners and the key gender issues affecting spatial planning. It then focuses on specific areas of planning, setting out key

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Planning for an ageing population

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Publication date: July 2004 Ranking: useful This report attempts to assess the implications of the ageing population in the field of town planning, especially the statutory land use planning system in the UK. It is

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