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What is a design code? 

They are a set of concise illustrated design requirements providing the parameters for the development of a site or area to deliver more predictable design outcomes. These codes are tailored to local conditions and priorities, which seek to support well-designed places by: 

  • Enhancing local character 
  • Supporting vibrant and healthy communities
  • Addressing the climate emergency 

Design Code Pathfinder Programme 

Working with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Office for Place, we provide design advice and support to 25 selected pathfinders. These are made up of local authorities and neighbourhood planning groups who are developing design codes to help raise the quality of the built environment in their local area. This year’s selected pathfinders are building on the experience of 16 previous participants who took part in the National Design Code Pilot Programme (NPFF) in 2021

As part of the Programme, the selected pathfinders are supported through panel sessions and workshops, facilitating discussions with design and built environment experts, allowing for peer-to-peer support and learning. As a result, the pathfinders are able to test and refine their design code.