Creating Excellence want to reassure that we are taking coronavirus seriously and will wish to avoid putting our team, Panel members, local authority and developer/design colleagues at any risk – your safety is our utmost priority in delivering our services to you.

For now, we will not be holding face to face events, but will be offering remote-based support instead. We will be discussing with those that have booked onto design reviews on how this can be delivered. We will adapt design support on any new commissions received in this interim period.

Training events will be postponed until later in the year – and delegates will receive separate notification on that.
If you have any queries about our approach, or suggestions on how we can continue to best provide support, please let us know.

We hope the current crisis is not affecting you, your loved-ones or your business too much and that we can get back to normal soon. Thank you.

Learning and Development for Creating Excellence

We have developed course content and delivered training events to town planners and elected members from local authorities.

Throughout 2018 and 2019 our planning training has focused on using the “Councillor’s Companion for design in Planning” and “The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking”, to provide a high quality design training programme delivered across the south west, in conjunction with The Ministry of Housing and Local Communities (MHCLG) and partner Local Authorities including: Plymouth, Cheltenham, Dorset, Swindon and Sedgemoor.

Previous training events have explored both policies and processes aimed at promoting excellence in design quality and place making. In March 2019 in conjunction with Royal Town Planning Institute, the Design Network and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) we developed and delivered an event focused on best practice in embedding good design in planning policy and decision making.  Afternoon workshops examined: approaches to ensuring that design is addressed throughout the planning process; the use of design tools and techniques; and the knowledge and skills needed to negotiate over elements of design.

We have also designed and delivered training on Building for Life 12 (BfL12), to officers at North Devon and Torridge District Councils, and Plymouth City Council  The training aimed to increase understanding and install confidence in the use of this design tool. 

A recent training event with the New Forest National Park Authority, provided an overview of what constitutes good design. It explored the 10 characteristics of well-designed places, as outline in the National Design Guide, and in doing so gave Elected Members important information they can use when making planning decisions. 

Taunton 19th March 2020

National Design Guide Training


As part of the Design Network, Design Midlands is pleased to deliver the new, national training programme for Local Planning Authorities in the East Midlands.  These one-day training events, for officers and elected members, will develop an understanding of the National Design Guide and support people involved in planning, housing and regeneration teams to deliver more, good quality, well-designed homes and successful places. After training delegates can expect to:

- understand how the Guide relates to local policy and planning practice.

- become familiar with the 10 characteristics in the Guide and their interconnections.

- understand design frameworks and how they fit into wider national planning policy.

- be able to make practical use of the Guide to evaluate design quality

Limited availability | First come first served


Jo Widdecombe

Planning & Learning Manager

Tel 07889 556 468 


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