We believe that communities are best placed to identify what is most needed in their areas and should be involved in the design process as early as possible. That’s why we hosted the first of a series of in-person and virtual Enquiry by Design workshops in October 2020 using a process supported and advocated by the Prince’s Foundation, with further workshops planned for the future.
How does the Enquiry by Design process work?
By its nature, every Enquiry by Design (EbD) is unique, developing a response appropriate to the specific site and issues raised by the local stakeholders. The EbD process is tailored to the requirements of the new planning systems in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, at a range of scales and different stages of the processes, from neighbourhood plans [RH1] to local plans and supplementary planning guidance. As the EbD process relies on a concentrated effort over a short period of time, assembling the right information in advance is critical. The process includes preparation and a lead-in period of approximately four months prior to the workshop. The number of days for an EbD can vary as every site is different. However, it is normal for an EbD to run for between two to five working days and to be proceeded by preparatory sessions to explore key issues and familiarise key participants with the process ahead.
(Definition sourced from the Prince’s Foundation guide)
The hosted EbD workshops have been instrumental in the design process so far and have confirmed the plans for a central park with surrounding mansion apartment buildings as the foundation stones of the design.
We published the feedback received from those workshops and have been developing our designs in more detail to match the aspirations of the community.
We will be back to collaborate on the plans more in the future through further workshops, presentations and discussions. These will be brought forward to match the progress of Kingston Council’s new Local Plan.
You can see the materials which we displayed at the consultation and the feedback using the links below.