07.04.20 We are delighted that the Whitehill & Bordon project has been shortlisted in the Housing Design Awards 2020 in the master planning category. Since 2015, Feria Urbanism has been providing East Hampshire District Council with urban design and master planning advice with direct reference to this project, a complex multi-partner development with an investment value of circa £1bn. The project is transforming a former garrison town into a thriving community with new homes, jobs and facilities for thousands of people.
27.02.20 Richard has spoken at the Historic Towns and Villages Forum (HTVF) conference at Kellogg College at the University of Oxford. The conference topic was Character, Quality & Design in Neighbourhood Planning and beyond. His talk “Understanding Local Character to inform Design Policies” was very well-received. See more here
06.02.20 Feria Urbanism is part of the multi-agency team that has been appointed to prepare a new city vision for Winchester. This will guide the development of the city over the next decade. We will be working alongside Southampton-based urban design and architecture practice Boyle + Summers, and two dynamic creative agencies Momo:zo and Støriie. Our combination of skills, experience and enthusiasm won the job following an open competitive tender process.
09.01.20 We have been appointed by Nether Wallop Parish Council to provide support for their neighbourhood plan project. The parish council has recently begun the preparation of a neighbourhood plan. It successfully ran a parish-wide survey in late 2019 and early 2020. Using these results as the basis for our work, we shall be developing the thematic sections of the plan and will prepare a series of draft planning policies over the next phase of work.
21.11.19 The Lewes Neighbourhood Plan won a commendation from the judges at the Royal Town Planning Institute South East planning awards. It was nominated in the category for Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment. The judges admired the “… ambition of the steering group, the thorough, long-term and extensive engagement with the community and stakeholders and the innovative ecosystem services approach to plan making – a first for a neighbourhood plan anywhere in the UK”.
08.08.19 The Loose Neighbourhood Plan, which went through a successful independent examination in March 2019, has passed referendum with a "Yes Vote" of 94% on a turnout of 22%. Read more here. This result means that seven neighbourhood plan projects that we have worked on have now passed referendum, as follows: Staplehurst, Faversham Creek, Hawkhurst, Lewes, Ticehurst, Milborne St Andrew and Loose.
12.04.19 We are working with Ashford Borough Council to help design the South Ashford Garden Community. This project comprises individual developments at Chilmington Green, Court Lodge Farm and Kingsnorth Green. Our role is to bring urban design and master planning advice to the project in order to achieve a high quality, coordinated project of over 5,000 new homes.
05.02.19 The Lewes Neighbourhood Plan has been assessed by an independent examiner (Mr Andrew Ashcroft) and his report accepted by the South Downs National Park Authority. The plan will be subject to a local referendum on Thursday 7th March 2019. The examiner commended the plan for its quality, innovation, and distinctive approach in several areas. The National Park committee was very complimentary about the particularly “Lewesian” character of the plan and commended all the hard work and careful thought that has gone into it.
25.01.19 Feria Urbanism has been appointed by Eastleigh Borough Council to develop a community engagement and design strategy for 5,300 new homes north of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak in Hampshire. This development represents the preferred strategic growth option in the submitted local plan, scheduled for examination later in 2019.
12.11.18 We welcome Henrike Johannsen to the team, a RIBA Part I architecture graduate from the Arts University Bournemouth. Since joining Feria Urbanism, Henrike has been part of the Dorchester Town Centre Master Plan team, where she was involved in the running of the public consultation event and the evaluation of the results. She has also been a key part of the Bournemouth Town Centre Vision project and the Lansdowne Public Realm work. A busy start!
03.10.18 We say goodbye to Antonia Morgan who has left Feria Urbanism after nearly six years with the team. Antonia has been a key team member in many of our projects across the country and the practice has grown successfully because of her contributions. We all wish her every success in her future career…. good luck Toni!
13.06.18 Working with Southampton-based urban design practice Boyle + Summers, Bournemouth Borough Council have commissioned us to prepare a new vison for Bournemouth town centre. This vision will set out the future role and function for the town centre over the next 5, 10 and 15 years and beyond. This is an exciting project and a privilege to be working in our home town. The work is now well underway with the first workshop event taking place in the first week of June 2018.
29.03.18 West Dorset District Council have appointed Feria Urbanism to prepare a master plan for Dorchester town centre. This will draw together a cohesive strategy that will maximise the potential of the town’s cultural assets, develop the health of the traditional high street and address issues affecting the public realm and pedestrian links. This vision for the future will be bespoke to Dorchester and inform potential changes to local plan policy.
02.11.17 We have worked with the Bramshott & Liphook Neighbourhood Plan group. Working over two intensive days, we engaged with a wide variety of community groups, landowners and house builders to reconcile a range of different demands and ideas.
27.09.17 We have worked with the Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan group to develop a draft framework plan for the future. Working over three intensive days, we engaged with a wide variety of community groups, landowners and house builders to reconcile a range of different demands and ideas.
27.07.17 We have produced an innovative infographic wallchart for the Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Neighbourhood Plan group, setting out the policy framework and action points that now need to be progressed.
11.05.17 Richard, Anna and Antonia have run a successful three day design forum for Cranbrook & Sissinghurst parish. Working with different interest groups and individuals over three consecutive days, we made good progress on developing planning policies and designing new development proposals for several key sites.
29.03.17 Richard, Anna and Antonia have run a successful community design workshop in Puddletown, Dorset. This event was part of a wider project to develop a neighbourhood plan for the parish. Other aspects of our involvement include a village character assessment and an emerging architectural design guide.
27.01.17 We have been appointed to produce an innovative study into the experience of Nottingham city centre in the evenings and at night time. The purpose of the study is to create a shared vision for the city centre after dark. This will be supported by a series of action points that together will help to positively shape and influence the experience of using the city centre in the evenings and at night time over future years.
05.01.17 We have been appointed to work with Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council on their neighbourhood plan. The steering group there has been established to create a neighbourhood plan that explores, develops and meets the aspirations of residents and businesses. Cllr. Nancy Warne said “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents and businesses in Cranbrook & Sissinghurst to really have a say about making a difference in the future to shaping the community in which we all live.”
03.11.16 We are delighted that the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan was supported at referendum with 1486 votes (92.56%) YES votes with only 118 (7.44%) NO votes. This was on a 33.7% turnout. The examiner said that it was "... evident that a considerable amount of time and effort has been committed to the development and production of this plan and I commend all those who have been involved. It should prove to be a useful tool for future planning and change in Staplehurst over the coming years".
28.11.18 Our team has run a successful public engagement event on behalf of the Lansdowne public realm programme team within Bournemouth Borough Council. The event examined the relationship between the architects in the area and the streets and spaces, as well as the types of activities that stakeholders would want to see animate public space in future.
18.12.18 The Bournemouth Town Centre Vision report has been launched for public consultation. This was a successful collaboration between Feria Urbanism and Boyle + Summers.