City facilities including City Hall are closed to the public. Many services will remain available, but changes have been made to reduce the need for people to leave their home to access services.
At its essence, urban design is a process of shaping a city’s physical form. In doing so, urban design plays a pivotal role in creating healthy communities, enriching public spaces, people-first environments, vibrant neighbourhoods, well preserved natural areas, and economically successful development projects.
Through a number of initiatives, Council has raised the bar on urban design in London. Projects such as the Placemaking Demonstration Project, the Urban Design Awards and the establishment of an Urban Design Peer Review Panel all contribute to a better London.
Urban design is incorporated into a variety of planning processes, including:
The urban design peer review panel was established by Council to provide expert opinion and input on planning and development applications, as well as municipal projects. The Panel consists of architects, planners, urban designers and landscape architects. The recommendations of the Urban Design Peer Review Panel are forwarded to the Planning & Development staff who accept them as input through the planning process and utilize these recommendations to shape the Staff recommendation (or in the case of site plans the staff decision) going forward.
Please contact us for the following reference documents: Urban design peer review panel - Terms of reference, Urban design and the planning process and/or 2020 Urban design peer review panel agendas, minutes and recommendations.