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Essex Design Guide: Building activity into new development

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The 10 Principles of Active Design have been included in the latest review of the Essex Design Guide.

The Essex Design Guide (EDG) was first published in 1973, this seminal work led the way in the planning and development sectors for urban design guidance.

The EDG has helped to shape and influence the design and layout of new development in Essex over the past 40 years to help create places of quality and identity which respond to their Essex context.

The EDG has received significant praise throughout its history for pioneering local design. Richard Simmons, Chief Executive of CABE described the guide as “an icon for our times” and “has also come to symbolise the vision, leadership and commitment to quality of place that all local authorities should show”.

The guide was reviewed and updated in 1997, 2005 and more recently in 2018. The 2018 EDG has retained the pioneering aspirations of the original while focusing firmly on the future.

This includes embracing the 10 Principles of Active Design.

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