4.5.9 Urban Form and Architecture
Well-considered urban design and architecture, through its context to the public realm, use of materials and finishes, can make a positive contribution to the townscape and urban environment, and can improve the environmental performance, competitiveness and attractiveness of the city.
The quality of urban design and architecture improves economic value and is a key element in regeneration proposals, and good design can improve the experience of all the city’s communities in everyday life. Furthermore, it is important to consider the economic benefits of future-proofing the design of a building or project, if costs to retro-fit or re-design an existing scheme are to be avoided in the future.
Design principles, policies and standards for urban design and architecture are set out in Chapter 16 (development standards). Chapter 11 (culture and heritage) includes further guidance on development in conservation areas and protected structures.