The Waltham Forest Design Charter sets out how we will achieve high quality design in all new housing developments. We developed it to support the high levels of local housing growth expected 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. These should link with adjacent streets and paths to create direct and convenient routes to local services like shops, schools, and public transport.
- A mix of homes - Work with developers and partners to provide a mix of housing types and sizes accessible to all. These should meet the needs of residents both now and in 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 with windows and doors facing onto streets and public space, 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 early on so it is safe, convenient, and attractive. It should never be an afterthought.
- People-friendly streets - Ensure high standards in design and quality of streets and other public areas. This will 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 Charter for Homes (PDF)