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Our Royal Town Planner Institute (MRTPI) members can develop masterplans for your projects

Our planning consultants are members of the Royal Town Planner Institute (MRTPI) and can develop masterplans to meet the requirements of Planning Advice Note 83: master planning and the National Design Guide.

Managing physical, social and economic change in communities requires an integrated approach. Those involved in promoting development can benefit from using masterplanning in the transformation of places, as well as engaging the community, and others, throughout the process.

What is a masterplan?

The definition of what constitutes a masterplan can vary. In broad terms, a masterplan comprises three dimensional images and text describing how an area will be developed. Its scope can range from strategic planning at a regional scale to small scale groups of buildings. Most commonly, it is a plan that describes and maps an overall development concept, including present and future land use, urban design and landscaping, built form, infrastructure, circulation and service provision. It is based upon an understanding of place and it is intended to provide a structured approach to creating a clear and consistent framework for development.

Whereas a development plan sets out the scale and type of development, and the key principles of character for a region, a masterplan is generally employed where there is a greater degree of certainty regarding the development of a specific site, and is linked to social and economic analysis and a delivery strategy. Although a masterplan may specify more detailed governing principles such as building heights, spaces, movement, landscape type and predominant uses, it does not necessarily preclude a degree of flexibility in designs within the plan.

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Why do we need to masterplan?

Masterplanning can help to raise the general standards of urban design and create quality places. The alternative approach can result in the development of buildings and spaces that lack coherence and waste the potential of the site. We therefore rely on masterplans to:

  • provide the appropriate physical environments to support strong communities;
  • support a rich and pleasurable quality of life for inhabitants and visitors;
  • connect people and places by providing ease of movement within, and through, developments; and
  • create places of distinction and enduring quality.

Masterplanning can help to achieve these outcomes by providing a structured approach and framework to a wide range of complex issues. If done well, masterplanning can promote sustainability, in its widest sense, and deliver places where people will want to live.

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When is a masterplan required?

A masterplan can be prepared for almost any site, but there are certain types of sites or circumstances where a masterplan is most likely to be appropriate. In general, masterplanning is required for areas of large-scale change such as town extensions; regeneration projects; town and city centres; housing developments; and places where significant environmental assets require protection. Masterplanning, however, is also relevant to raising standards in relatively small developments.

Masterplans are usually commissioned by local authorities, developers, housebuilders, landowners and regeneration agencies or by any of these in partnership. One, or all, should assess the site and decide what contribution a masterplan could make.

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