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This integrated approach to development design is often used for larger proposals such as settlement expansions and regeneration projects.

Masterplanning is a way to consider various site factors, including:

  • present and future land use
  • urban design
  • landscape
  • green networks
  • built form
  • infrastructure
  • energy use
  • circulation
  • service provision

Landscape is usually considered using:

The masterplanning approach helps planners and designers to make the most of any natural and cultural assets of the site and its surrounding areas. Such assets include habitats, landscape features, views and historic field patterns.

Masterplanning may be one way how communities can get involved in landscape change

Find out more

Masterplanning: Planning Advice Note 83

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