CABE urges strong design standards in Thames Gateway

Developers and agencies should sign up to quality and sustainability benchmarks, says advisory body

CABE chief executive Richard Simmons. Credit: Adam Gault
CABE chief executive Richard Simmons. Credit: Adam Gault

A design pact for Thames Gateway developments has been produced by CABE to ensure a strong set of standards for delivering regeneration in the area.

The government's advisory body is looking for responses on its Thames Gateway design pact that aims to transform the Gateway into a world-class example of sustainable development and a attractive place to live and work.

The standards proposed in the draft agreement include:

  • Good-quality design and development briefs to be required by government and regional development agencies for all schemes receiving funding
  • Design review of all significant schemes by CABE or regional panels
  • All new homes to meet Building for Life, Code for Sustainable Homes, BREEAM and Lifetime Homes standards
  • Refusal of planning permission for all schemes that do not meet the standards set out in the pact

CABE’s chief executive Richard Simmons said: Government backing, and a commitment by all those signing it, will make this pact the strongest set of design standards yet for regeneration on this scale.

CABE and Communities and Local Government will call on all those involved in delivering the Thames Gateway to sign the pact when it is launched in November, and make a commitment to implement its recommendations by 2010.

The draft design pact has been sent for consultation to all those who will be asked to sign up to it and CABE is calling for responses by 10 October. The pact will be formally launched at the Thames Gateway Forum in November 2008. The draft document can be downloaded here.


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