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Pearl Arbenser-Simmonds from the South Woodford Society and Neighbourhood Forum urges residents to take part in the South Woodford Design Code survey to influence the look of our local area

The South Woodford Neighbourhood Forum has been chosen as one of only four neighbourhood forums within the country to participate in the new Design Code Pathfinders Programme, alongside 21 local authorities. This is part of the government’s plans to level up for communities across the country. The programme will support us to create our very own Design Code for South Woodford. 

A Design Code is a collection of design principles to help local areas deliver beautiful and sustainable places. It enables the community to lead the way in shaping the design of their neighbourhood. The document provides guidance for development, covering the design of streets, public spaces and buildings, as well as spaces for nature. 

We have made great progress with our Neighbourhood Plan but are mindful of the lack of available sites for new development. This means that almost all development work will comprise of the redevelopment of existing sites as well as adapting or adding to existing buildings. It is for this reason that we are delighted to have the opportunity to create a Design Code for South Woodford.

Our previous community engagement highlighted the desire to improve the provision of green outdoor spaces, infrastructure, a vibrant high street and the overall vision for our neighbourhood to be a wonderful place to live, work and visit. We are asking for your input throughout this process, to ensure the Design Code is driven by the community. We would like to hear your thoughts about the character of South Woodford. What do you like about it? What would you change? How should the area look in 10 years’ time? 

Visit the website below to complete the full survey online. You could win a luxury hamper for taking part!

Alternatively, a paper version of the full survey is available from: Crescendo (160 George Lane), Neil King (10 Electric Parade, George Lane), Café Royale (65 George Lane), Stitch In Time dry cleaners (11 Mulberry Way) or the next local councillors’ surgery. The deadline for this survey is 30 September 2022.

Alongside the South Woodford Society website, we have created the South Woodford Design Code website to act as your community portal for information and progress updates on the development of the Design Code. You will be able to access the full online survey, get involved and learn about what a Design Code is and does.

The survey, and community engagement process, is being conducted by architecture charity AzuKo. All data will remain anonymous. Feel free to speak openly. We welcome your ideas.


For more information and to access the full survey online, visit sowodesigncode.org

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