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Excellence in Planning for the Community and Well-Being

Active Design Planning for health and wellbeing through
sport and physical activity 
Image 2 The Ten Principles Of Active DesignU

Submitted by: David Lock Associates

Organisations Involved: Sport England, David Lock Associates & Public Health England

Active Design is an innovative set of planning and urban design guidelines that aims to get more people moving through the design and layout of places. The "Ten Principles of Active Design" are set out to inspire and inform the design and layout of cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods, buildings, streets and open spaces to promote sport and physical activity and active lifestyles.

The guide includes a series of case studies that set out practical real-life examples of the "Ten Active Design Principles", and provides practical advice to inspire those engaged in shaping places to deliver more active and healthier environments

Hadleigh Park Olympic Mountain Bike Legacy Project

Submitted by: Chris Blandford Associates 


Organisations involved: Chris Blandford Associates (planning/environmental & landscape masterplanners) Essex County Council (client), The Salvation Army (partner), Active Essex, Castle Point Borough Council (local planning authority/partner), London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic Games (client), Natural England, English Heritage, ECC Place Services, Mouchel, Roger Tym & Partners, Wessex Archaeology, Pick Everard, Morgan Sindall, LSI, Capita/Architrail

Planning permission was granted in July 2010 for the London 2012 Olympic mountain bike event to be held at Hadleigh Farm in Essex during August 2012. The Hadleigh Park Olympic Mountain Bike Legacy Project is a unique partnership that capitalised on the opportunity to create a lasting sporting and green infrastructure legacy from the Olympics for the benefit of local communities and visitors. Further planning permission was secured in January 2013 to transform the Olympic venue into a network of trails suitable for bike riders of all ages and abilities supported by new visitor facilities, which opened in June 2015. Hadleigh Park is the only Olympic mountain bike course in the world open to the public.

Leigh Road: Redevelopment of specialist housing for young adults with learning disabilities, facilitating largely independent living.

Submitted by: HTA Design LLP 05 Use This

Organisations involved:  Homes for Islington (now Islington New Build and Regeneration) Islington Council's Adult Social Services,  HTA Design LLP (Formerly HTA Architects)

A bespoke designed, specialist housing project for young adults with learning disabilities to encourage independent living with support. This enabled residents – some of whom lived outside of London – to move back closer to their families, living in a community setting. Situated in a Conservation Area, it replaced C2 accommodation not up to modern standards, working closely with commissioning bodies and users.   HTA Design secured planning consent for Islington New Build and Regeneration Team to demolish the existing building to construct a two-storey care home (Use Class C2) comprising of 13 units for supported living (9x1 bed, 2x2 bed, 2x3 bed) with communal facilities including a lounge and a quiet room, a reception and two offices with associated facilities for staff, and a landscaped garden.

Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning

Submitted by: Aecom, Locality, DCLG USE THIS

AECOM has been involved in neighbourhood planning since the 2011 Localism Act. This year, we have taken on a new programme for DCLG, working with Locality, to support neighbourhood groups up to 2018.    Our services meet the challenges faced by neighbourhood planners, who need clarity about the purpose, processes and responsibilities of neighbourhood planning. We have now helped over 100 groups with a range of tailored services including:

  • Advising on engagement approaches;
  • Advising on the provisions of national and local policy;
  • SEA scoping and environmental reports;
  • Housing Needs analysis;
  • Site assessments, site briefs and neighbourhood masterplans; and
  • Specialist technical studies (e.g. heritage, flood risk, transport).

Our approach has been to work alongside and empower communities, encouraging them to do as much as they are able.

The Northamptonshire Community Flood Resilience Project

Submitted by: Northamptonshire County Council 


Organisations involved: Northamptonshire County Council, Northamtponshire Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency and fifteen local communities.

Northamptonshire County Council was one of only thirteen Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) to have been successful in securing Defra funding to help support communities, to help themselves against the risk of surface water flooding. A total of £300,000 was secured for the two-year project, ending in April 2015. The project intended to find out why some initiatives (many related to planning) work well and why others do not. The aim was to find out what 'tools' would help communities to make themselves more resilient to flooding. The project focused on fifteen communities across Northamptonshire that were considered to be at the highest risk of surface water flooding. This innovative project was entirely capsulated within Flood Toolkit (, which is the first tool of its kind.