Built Environment & Placemaking


Key to providing great places will be striking a balance between the delivery of a compact pattern of growth through increased density and high-quality design while protecting our built heritage. The successful delivery of such places will require a mix of uses, connections to sustainable transportation, appropriate infrastructure, a joinedup approach to community planning and a strategic vision which includes a greater emphasis on placemaking

Placemaking can create many different forms of public space whether these are hard surface, green or mixed, yet the overall aim is that these spaces can only be viewed as positive in everyday life. Our built heritage enhances our sense of place and history. Protected structures and architectural conservation areas will be reviewed as part of the Development Plan process.

At a national and regional level, the creation of a high-quality built environment is underpinned by a number of strategic objectives namely;


These strategic objectives will contribute towards our transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy.

The Development Plan will set out the framework to guide future development. A focus will be placed on how we live, how we work and how we protect our environment in a manner which results in the creation of great places and a sustainable and resilient development pattern for the overall county.





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