Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

About urban design

Urban Design is the art of making places for people. It includes the way places work and matters such as community safety, as well as how they look. It concerns the connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric, and the processes for ensuring successful villages, towns and cities.

Northampton Borough Council is at the forefront of urban design best practice through its use of design codes to guide development of the Upton Sustainable Urban Extension.

Upton Sustainable Urban Extension

When it is complete the development will comprise a minimum of 1020 homes, together with a mix of uses which includes a primary school, local shops and live-work units. Other commercial office use, retail and community uses will form a local centre along Weedon Road (A45) on the northern edge of Upton.

Key features of the design codes for Upton include: a wide range of dwelling types; affordable housing pepperpotted throughout the site, the external design of which will be indistinguishable from market housing; every building will be assessed at design and post construction review stages to ensure BREEAM Excellent rating is achieved; Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) to manage rainwater run-off and promote local biodiversity by allowing new wildlife habitats to establish; rainwater harvesting technologies incorporated into block and building design to allow for rainwater use within the homes; a management company to manage the SUDS and the maintain communal courtyards; and the design of Upton draws inspirations from the Northamptonshire vernacular.

Best practice

CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) - the government's adviser on architecture, urban design and public space - is a source of best practice in urban design.

The following publications are also key references for urban design:

Date last reviewed: 27/10/2011