‘Making Places’ Report Released

Making Places Report Cover

Yesterday marked the release of the ‘Making Places’ report at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It was co-authored by Tom Warder, Team Leader for Housing and Community Engagement, and Will Anderson, an architect with Rabble Place design studio.

The Making Places project, initially developed by CPRE Sussex and with assistance from AirS, involved the parishes of Aldingbourne, Angmering, Boxgrove, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Seaford and Tangmere. Workshops were held in the winter of 2015 which aimed to:

  • Begin a stimulating conversation focusing on the need for planning and design to create attractive, affordable and lively places.
  • Record and illustrate local design values and knowledge, detailing how the dynamics of existing valued places can inform future proposals.

For project partners, the workshops were a great opportunity to find out from the people of Sussex what good design and a ‘sense of place’ meant to them individually and to their parish. For the parishes, the aim was to use the workshop results to inform community-led planning initiatives.

The overall project has helped to illustrate how communities and parish councils can design their own environments. Involving those who live locally in master planning is politically beneficial, socially responsible and commercially attractive.

The Making Places report can be used as a manual to help developers, house builders and decision makers to partner local communities to create new places that are a source of pride. Full copies are available here.

“Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”