Oxfordshire Garden Village Design Code Workshop

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

As part of the ongoing consultation with the local community, Grosvenor held a Design Code workshop with local residents, community groups and members of the project team to help guide the design of the Garden Village, including land uses, landscaping, movement, urban design principles and character areas. The workshop took place in the evening of Tuesday 22nd October at Eynsham Baptist Church.

The workshop looked at two key areas;

  • Design coding: at the start of the event, the workshop split off into groups to discuss what the most important aspects of a design code are, what should be mandatory and what should be excluded, and what can be done to make the scheme distinctive, high quality and unique to the area, whilst also establishing a strong community. These ideas were fed back to the wider project team, who responded and provided their own expert advice.
  • Character area: the workshop then looked at some character areas the project team were proposing to include as part of the design code and were helping to form the masterplan. The workshop discussed what principles should form the basis of a character area, where they should be included on the site, and how could the proposed areas be improved or amended.

At the end of the event, the project team explained that the discussions during the workshop and subsequent feedback would be fed into the ongoing work being conducted to pull together the draft masterplan and formulate the design code.

What is a Design Code?

A design code is a set of illustrated design rules and requirements, which can instruct and advise housebuilders on what is and is not permissible in the physical development of a site or area. The graphic and written components of the code should be detailed and precise, and build upon a design vision such as a masterplan or other design and development framework for a site or area.

 Design Codes can be useful tools for delivering high quality, coordinated development for major sites and, when done in partnership with the local community, can ensure that what the local community want to see from a development is delivered.