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Watford Borough Council is inviting applications for membership of its new place shaping panel, in Watford, UK.

The place shaping panel is being formed to support high quality design for development in the borough. The council is committed to ensuring new development improves Watford townscape and enhances quality of life for all those living in the borough.

Watford is a busy and historic Hertfordshire town immediately to the north west of Greater London, with a population of more than 96,000 people. It is well connected to central London, with five stations in the borough served by a combination of Underground, Overground and National Rail, and is adjacent to both M1 and M25 junctions. The town is a growing economic hub home to a number of national and international head offices, Leavesden Studios (home to Harry Potter), and a premiership football club. It has a UK top ten park – in Cassiobury Park – and is a top twenty UK retail destination. Watford is experiencing development pressures similar to those encountered in outer London boroughs, including proposals to increase residential densities. With a density of only eight square miles, Watford is one of the smallest boroughs in the UK and land for development is limited. The challenge of accommodating development of an urban character, in a market town context makes it particularly important that development improves the existing townscape. This should include protecting historic character and delivering on Watford’s ambitious sustainability commitments, while improving quality of life for the town’s diverse population.

The panel will provide a rigorous review process, to ensure high quality design in all areas of the borough. It will have around 15 members with a wide range of skills and expertise, and applications are welcome from experts in the following areas:

  • architecture – housing / education / cultural / commercial
  • urban design / town planning
  • landscape / public realm
  • heritage / townscape
  • sustainability / climate change
  • inclusive design
  • transport infrastructure / transport planning

Applications should be addressed to Frame Projects, which manages the Place Shaping Panel to maintain the independence of its advice. Those who wish to apply should send a CV, and a covering letter outlining the contribution that they could make to the panel.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 May 2020 at 17.00.

Applicants should be able to commit to attending approximately four meetings a year. Appointment will initially be for the calendar year starting in June 2020. Remuneration will be set at £400 / day and £200 / half day.

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