How has Cambridge encouraged and maintained a focus on design quality in new housing developments?

Themes: Planning, New Neighbourhoods, Housing, Design Quality

The Stirling Prize-winning Accordia development by Countryside Properties established a high benchmark for quality in new housing in Cambridge. Many of the lessons from Accordia were carried forward into Countryside‚Äôs much larger development at Great Kneighton, on the southern edge of Cambridge. These lessons also informed the Cambridgeshire Quality Charter for Growth adopted by the local planning authorities in 2010, which is still used as the standard by which new neighbourhoods are assessed. 

This tour starts with a walk around Accordia to see how it has matured and then moves on to Great Kneighton, where the final phase of the development was completed earlier this year.

This tour is led by:

  • Peter Studdert, former Director of Planning, Cambridge City Council

With presenters:

  • Robin Nicholson, Chair, Cambridgeshire Quality Panel
  • Jonathan Brookes, Principal Urban Designer, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning
  • Jonathan Gimblett, former Project Manager for Countryside Properties

The Accordia and Great Kneighton learning tour will depart following morning plenary and lunch on Thursday 22 June. See full Congress programme at

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