Waltham Forest Design Advice Panel (WFDAP) Click to get info
The Waltham Forest Design Advice Panel can help by providing expert, independent design advice for development proposals. The council established the panel in partnership with Design Council Cabe to boost quality of life and encourage prosperity and environmental sustainability in Waltham Forest.
Each panel review can highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the design and any steps that can be taken to improve it. Design reviews are subject to the following charges:
- Large-scale workshop review: £6,500
- Standard workshop review: £5,950
- Desktop review: £3,750
For further information on the service, please email the design and conservation team at firstname.lastname@example.org or download the Waltham Forest Design Advice Panel Guide (pdf 2.7MB).
Waltham Forest Design Charter for Schools Click to get info
Waltham Forest’s Design Charter for Schools was adopted in July 2018 following a four week consultation period.
The Charter sets out the council’s commitment to achieving high quality design in our schools, and provides 10 key principles that can be applied to all schools.
Download the Waltham Forest Design Charter for Schools (PDF 1.3MB)
For further information, please contact the Design and Conservation Team on 020 8496 6736 or 020 8496 6739
Waltham Forest Design Charter for Homes Click to get info
The Waltham Forest Design Charter sets out the council’s commitment to achieving high quality design in all new housing developments. It was developed to support the significant level of housing growth expected in Waltham Forest over the next few years.
The 10 key urban design principles of the charter are:
- High quality buildings - Encourage distinctive and innovative architecture using quality materials built to high standards.
- Responding to context - Ensure developments integrate with their surroundings and local heritage, and link with adjacent streets and paths to create direct and convenient routes to local services such as shops, schools and public transport.
- A mix of homes - Work with developers and partners to provide a mix of housing types and sizes that are accessible for all and meet the needs of residents both now and in the future.
- Good quality internal layouts - Ensure new homes have high quality spacious and adaptable rooms and living areas which meet current planning policy standards.
- Safe and overlooked streets - Promote housing layouts that have windows and doors facing on to streets and public areas so they are overlooked and feel safe.
- Quality gardens and private spaces - Ensure private and shared gardens are well-designed, safe and usable with good quality landscaping and planting.
- Energy efficient - Meet the challenges of climate change by promoting better energy sources in new developments.
- Well designed parking - Design for car, cycle parking and servicing at an early stage so it is convenient, safe and attractive and not left as an afterthought.
- People-friendly streets - Ensure high standards in the design and quality of streets and other public areas to encourage their use as social places, where pedestrians and cyclists come first.
- Well maintained and managed - Promote high standards of housing management and maintenance to ensure long term quality for residents.
Waltham Forest design guidance and SPDs Click to get info
Waltham Forest Design Awards Click to get info
Introduced in 1990 and run in partnership with Waltham Forest Guardian, the Waltham Forest Design Awards was established to recognise, reward and celebrate quality architecture and urban design within the borough.
The 2017 competition opens on Monday 9 January. To see full guidance information and how to enter, visit Waltham Forest Design Awards 2017.