Design Coding for the English Street


The new National Planning Policy Framework strongly encourages the creation of design codes for towns in the UK. This course explains the concept of design codes and gives practical advice about how to create successful codes. The first session introduces the theory and purpose of design codes including how they are different to design guides. The second session discusses the historic characteristics of English built environments from built form and building types to street design and layouts that might drive the creation of such codes. The third session suggests strategies for successful community engagement to create provably popular codes.

The second day consists of a practical design coding workshop led by urban designers with practical experience writing multiple design codes for councils in England.

The course will be delivered in a hybrid format. The first day is being offered for both in-person and online participants. The second day is offered for in-person participants only.

Programme details

Thursday 20 April

09:00 Registration, tea and coffee for in person attendees

09.15 Course opens for online attendees

09:30 Introduction and Welcome

10:00 session 1: Design coding 101. What is a design code and why do we use them 

11:00 Tea/coffee

11:30 session 2: History and character of the English street

13:00 Lunch

14:00 session 3: Coding with the community. How to create provably popular designs and codes with the local community

15:30 Tea/coffee

16:00 Conclusion and discussion

16:30 End of Day One

Friday 21 April

09:30 Field visit

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Practical Workshop: Coding the English street 

14:00 Wrap up

16:30 Course ends


Description Costs
In-person tuition: Thurs & Fri £443.00
Online tuition: 09:15 - 16:30 Thurs only £210.00
Baguette Lunch (in-person attendance only) - day 1 £6.10
Baguette Lunch (in-person attendance only) - day 2 £6.10
Dinner (in person attendance only) - Day 1 £24.30
Hot Lunch (in-person attendance only) - day 1 £16.50
Hot Lunch (in-person attendance only) - day 2 £16.50


Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking. 

Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email:


Robert Kwolek

David Milner

Teaching methods

Course Director: David Milner

David Milner is Deputy Director of Create Streets, a social enterprise dedicated to promoting walkable, sustainable urbanism in the UK. He has given numerous workshops on urban design across Britain and beyond and led on the creation of Surrey County Council’s street design code.

Tutor: Robert Kwolek

Robert Kwolek is Senior Architectural Designer at Create Streets leading on area-based design codes for parish and district councils.


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

IT requirements

If you wish to join the course online for the hybrid sessions only you will be offered the option to select this when you book. The hybrid sessions will be live streamed using Microsoft Teams and you will be sent a link to join the course. The course will be accessible online 15 minutes before the start time and we encourage all participants to join in good time.