Nansledan, an extension to Newquay, Cornwall, on Duchy of Cornwall land implemented a design code that embodied the principles of architecture and urban planning championed by the Prince of Wales.
The trial itself will be an important test in determining the extent to which the new design codes make a genuine difference. Since we in the UK traditionally have operated on a principles-based system, there will inevitably be questions asked about whether codifying urban design can lead to the sort of developments we all want to see; namely good, well thought-out spaces, where communities have had their say and the results are welcomed by everyone.
Sustainability takes centre stage at Stanton Williams’ Eddington project.
That said, design codes already sit at the heart of a number of urban extensions that are relatively more successful than the housebuilder product. Take Nansledan in Newquay, Cornwall, Tornagrain in the Scottish Highlands and Eddington, Cambridge North – three schemes that have been delivered relatively rapidly by various different developers. They’ve all achieved a level of cohesion that is well considered, and where the public realm works considerably better than your average housing scheme.
Eddington, the first neighbourhood within the North West Cambridge Development, has delivered coherence and high-quality public realm under the enlightened stewardship of the University of Cambridge.