Exploring the effectiveness of Building for Life in improving suburban residential design quality

Kruczkowski, S.L., 2018. Exploring the effectiveness of Building for Life in improving suburban residential design quality. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Over the last 20 years, efforts have been made to improve design quality in new suburban residential developments. Following the global credit crisis of 2008, political emphasis shifted away from design quality and ore firmly towards increasing the level of house building.

With CABE dissolved in 2010 and funding across central and local government cut, the resources to challenge poor design are limited. Local authority urban designers and the number of urban design courses offered by English universities has fallen increasing the risk of a future skills shortage. Within this climate of austerity, deregulation and political impatience to get 'Britain building'1, how might design quality be improved?

The research is an insight into one local authority’s efforts to improve residential design quality over a ten-year period. Empirical evidence challenges the dominant theory that robust local regulatory control is the principal means by which local authorities can secure well designed developments. As part of the research, a new version of Building for Life was created to align with the National Planning Policy Framework (DCLG, 2012a). The research also provides evidence that suggests that a different, more proactive approach to design regulation could emerge through the application of digital, mobile technologies as an integral part of the English planning system and an improved understanding of the interrelationship between product development and planning processes.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Kruczkowski, S.L.
Date: May 2018
Rights: This work is the intellectual property of the author. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study, or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university, degree level and pagination. Queries or requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required, should be directed to the owner of the Intellectual Property Rights. Unless otherwise stated, photographs were taken by and are copyright of the author.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 03 Dec 2018 12:04
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2018 08:56
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35206

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