Place and Movement Guide launch (Mar 09)
Taking an innovative approach to street design, the Northamptonshire Place and Movement Guide builds upon the work in Manual for Streets and puts well-designed residential streets at the heart of sustainable communities. The environmental impact of transport is often overlooked in the planning of new developments; truly sustainable development will consider carbon emissions from transport in the design. The guide works to recognise the importance of assigning higher priority to pedestrians and cyclists, while allowing for vehicle movements, thus creating places that work for all members of the community. The focus is on how streets can create a positive place and influence the design of new developments to serve these new communities in a positive way.
TransForm Places is helping to deliver training sessions on the Place and Movement Guide to spread best practice and to raise awareness on this exciting new initiative. The PaM Guide places emphasis on the importance of collaborative working and coordinated decision-making, as well as on the value of strong leadership and a clear vision of design quality at the local level. The guide also supports the MfS policy of using the environment to influence driver behaviour rather then just standard set criteria. The guide encourages applicants to use a Quality Audit process to show how a design led layout would work rather than sticking to set criteria, which may then lead to a poor sense of place; MfS provides an outline on how this can be done effectively. TransForm Places supports this through workshops, advice, training, and seminars.
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