ROTHERHAM TOWN CENTRE RIVER CORRIDOR DESIGN CODE, SOUTH YORKSHIRE
A design code sets out the key design requirements necessary to achieve the objectives of a masterplan. It determines exactly what is required and, if agreed by both landowner and local authority, should quickly resolve reserved matters planning applications.
The Rotherham Town Centre River Corridor project required us to review and revise an existing masterplan then produce a design code.
The code set out three levels of coordination:
- street layout and the boundaries to development sites;
- three-dimensional massing including the spatial definition of the street;
- detailed codes dealing with materials, building details and streetscape.
The Rotherham code was produced with signifi cant input from stakeholders and public consultation. It includes a process for accommodating major and minor variants to ensure it remains relevant.
This pilot project formed part of CABE’s research into design coding and was subsequently adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document.