English Partnerships is about to commission research to try to prove that good design means long-term value to developers.
ep projects director David Shelton told the Urban Design Alliance conference last week that he hopes the work will 'conclusively demonstrate the linkages between good-quality design and long-term value', in a 'defensible and robust form'.
'ep wants an end to lazy development with standard templates, and to lazy planning where blanket standards are applied, and we want to see projects built for local values to raise the quality of urban design.'
At the same conference, John Rouse, secretary to the Urban Task Force, wittily defined the impediments to better practice in terms of 'The Seven Clamps of Urban Design'. See Hellman, page 12, page 18, and editorial page 25.