Guildford Borough Council (GBC) has been chosen as one of 14 councils around England to take part in the National Model Design Code (NMDC) testing and learning programme. The focus of our programme running through to the autumn will be Weyside Urban Village (WUV), which, in contrast to the other pilots, already has a design code in place. As architects for the WUV hybrid planning application, JTP will be coordinating the programme for GBC. This website will be updated regularly and relevant documents will be made available here as downloads.
Design code workshop, 22 July 2021
National Model Design Code (NMDC)
The NMDC provides guidance to consider for new developments including, context, building type, facades and character. The NMDC embeds community engagement into the coding process and considers factors related to environment, such as heritage and wellbeing – helping ensure areas are well-designed and locally-led. It is intended to provide councils with the guidance and parameters to shape new developments in a way which reflects what their communities truly want.
Design code site walkabout, 16 July 2021
Weyside Urban Village Community Review Panel
At Weyside, JTP has established a Community Review Panel of local residents and representatives from various Guildford groups and institutions.
The programme began with an outside launch meeting at the Stoke & District Horticultural Society Function Hall (Aggie Club) followed by a walkabout on Friday 16 July 2021.
This was followed by an online training session looking at design codes in general, the National Model Design Code and the Weyside Design Code in particular on Tuesday 20 July.
The first workshop session then assessed the Phase 1 proposals for Weyside Urban Village against the Weyside Design Code and this took place on Thursday 22 July.
Following a break in August, when the JTP team will assess the outcomes and prepare responses, there will be a further feedback and assessment workshop on Tuesday 7 September.
As well as the learnings from the process feeding back into the national testing programme, Guildford Council will also take on board lessons learned when developing codes for other strategic sites in the borough.
We are delighted to be working with Guildford Council and the local community through this National Model Design Code pilot. The workshops have effectively established the priorities and aspirations of the community for Weyside. We will develop these ideas over the summer and report back to the community, before further refining the resulting code together.
Charles Campion, Partner at JTP