Enquiry by Design

Design of new Garden Village Proposal led by local community

The Prince’s Foundation launched the EbD process for the Dissington Garden Village proposal, bringing together landowner, local people and key stakeholders to discuss the Northumberland site.

The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community have been working with local communities to shape the proposals for a Dissington Garden Village following Northumberland County Council’s submission to the Government of an “Expression of Interest” for the project.

Three Enquiry by Design (EbD) workshops were held in September, bringing together community representatives, Northumberland County Council, relevant service providers, and The Dissington Estate, who own the land.

The workshops involved discussions focussed around a number of key masterplanning topics such as connectivity, the natural environment and architectural design. The results of the EbD informed the subsequent design of the Garden Village, which will be subject of a planning application and include a comprehensive public consultation exercise.

Commenting on the Enquiry by Design Richard Robson, Chairman of The Dissington Estate, said:

“It is tremendously exciting to be working with the Princes Foundation on what will be a comprehensive programme of public engagement. We are certain that the best way to ensure that Dissington Garden Village becomes a beautiful place to live, learn, and work, is by working together with local people to make sure the development works for the existing community.

“The Prince’s Foundation have unparalleled experience in community-led neighbourhood planning and it is because of this experience that we have asked them to work with us throughout the design of the Garden Village.”


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