AirS Wins The Planning Awards 2017 Category for Best Community-Led Place Making

AirS is delighted to announce that its ‘Making Places’ project has won The Planning Awards 2017 category for Best Community-Led Place Making.  AirS worked in partnership with CPRE Sussex and Rabble Place Architecture to deliver the project for seven Sussex parishes; Boxgrove, Tangmere, Aldingbourne, Angmering, Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven.

The Making Places project started from the idea that if communities had the support to analyse and record local design characteristics these principles could then be used to help influence the form of future development.

The project included a series of workshops with parish councillors which were organised at three scales: settlement context & character, settlement pattern and building details.

Tom Warder, AirS Team Leader Housing and Community Engagement, commented: “Winning this award is fantastic and we’re also pleased that the project has helped to inform the design concept and plans for the emerging Angmering CLT project. It took real inspiration from some of the local heritage and architectural features of buildings and places in Angmering village, and the design was extremely well received by local people at our recent consultation event.”

Will Anderson, Partner at Rabble Place, added: “Every parish we worked with had elements of design and landscape which gave it a special character. It became apparent that parish plans and neighbourhood plans are a good place to record these design principles. An instructive set of design policies can then inspire community-led housing projects and provide appropriate detail with which to influence the decisions of house builders and district councils. Angmering Community Land trust is a great example of this type of community project.”

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