Leeds City Council: Testing area types across a complex urban context

This pilot case study sought to explore the question: how does the area type approach to design coding as set out in the National Model Design Code work in a diverse city like Leeds? This investigation focused on whether and how the city could be divided up into the example ten area-types illustrated in the NMDC, and how meaningful the mapping work is as a geography for creating design codes and guidance in Leeds. The key themes included investigation of digital tools such as GIS to map area-types; conducting stakeholder engagement including detailed surveys with community groups and developers on the importance of design and design codes; and the role that design codes might play as part of the city’s overall design policy guidance.




Scale: Authority-wide

Context: Urban/suburban

Focus: Testing Area Types at the city scale

Project team: Leeds City Council

Region: North East