Class E and Changes of Use

In light of the current consultation to allow change of use between Class E and residential uses, Tibbalds' Associate, Richard Crutchley, looks at the impact such a move could have in his neighbourhood, involving a recently vacated unit in a terrace of shops. "When someone produces a simple solution to a complex problem, that’s the … Continue reading Class E and Changes of Use

Planning Reforms: It’s Time To Think “Big”

by Matt Shillito, Director at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design I confess to initially feeling a little daunted, deep into the challenging summer of 2020, by the arrival of the Government’s plans to reform the planning system in England – “Planning for the Future”. The Prime Minister’s foreword promises “Radical reform unlike anything we have … Continue reading Planning Reforms: It’s Time To Think “Big”

The Role of Town Centres, Post C-19

With the current unprecedented events, Richard Crutchley – Associate at Tibbalds – reflects on how Covid-19 may effect our relationship with Town Centres. The world is going through extraordinary times.  With the spread of Covid-19 across the developed world, and lockdown imposed in many countries, our perceptions of what constitutes our ‘normal’ lives have been … Continue reading The Role of Town Centres, Post C-19

Play Streets

Richard Crutchley is an associate and Katja Stille is a director at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. by Richard Crutchley I've been involved in running a play street for several years, and have had experience of other play streets across London and elsewhere.  Combined with my role at Tibbalds, and a desire to see more … Continue reading Play Streets

Lightmoor: 22 years in the making

Sue Rowlands, director at Tibbalds, reflects on her role working on the Lightmoor project 22 years later... As a newly promoted Associate at Tibbalds in 1997, the feasibility study for a ‘new Bournville’ for the Bournville Village Trust (BVT) at Lightmoor, Telford was my first successful tender.  The then project director Andy Karski described it as … Continue reading Lightmoor: 22 years in the making

Why good cycling infrastructure is a priority to make people-friendly places?

Saskia Huizinga, Urban Designer at Tibbalds, follows up on her previous article about the benefits of 'going Dutch' and making cycling a priority! In my previous article, I explored the history of cycling in Dutch culture – something that many people in the UK think is a given. In this article, I explore the many … Continue reading Why good cycling infrastructure is a priority to make people-friendly places?

Child friendly places are the future

Tibbalds’ Associate Francis Moss reflects on a recent event in central London that encouraged children to engage in building and designing spaces, and wonders why thinking from a child's perspective isn't more prominent in making great places for everyone. By Francis Moss Ten years ago I moved to London and quickly became accustomed to squeezing … Continue reading Child friendly places are the future

Cities Skylines: Game over for town planners and urban designers or a new level of understanding for future generations?

In this blog post Tibbalds’ urban designer Cezar Petcu reflects on how technology might be able to help to convey the challenges involved in urban design and placemaking more easily with local communities. By Cezar Petcu The idea of placemaking has always been hard for many people to understand, many believe cities and settlements evolve … Continue reading Cities Skylines: Game over for town planners and urban designers or a new level of understanding for future generations?

Neither bank nor trendy wine bar

Tibbalds Senior Planner Adam Price considers a key change to our high streets and what we should do about it. By Adam Price We’re facing unprecedented change in the high street at the moment. This is widely considered to be part of a shift in people’s shopping habits from physical stores to online retailers, predominantly … Continue reading Neither bank nor trendy wine bar

How Cycling Makes Places People-Friendly

Want laid-back places to live? Go Dutch and make cycling for all a priority! Article one of a series by Saskia Huizinga, Urban Designer at Tibbalds. Have you ever travelled to the Netherlands and experienced the serene atmosphere of their cities and neighbourhoods? Multiple canals, lots of trees, small houses, colourful businesses, cute streets and … Continue reading How Cycling Makes Places People-Friendly