Master Planning
John Dixon  chartered architect

Masterplanning is not a matter of dogma, or of control for control’s sake, but is of the essence a pragmatic tool for achieving high standards of design in our towns and cities.
Paul Finch, chair of CABE



Masterplanning is a design process. It is a creative way of solving problems over large scales and long time periods. It involves multiple interests and users working as a team creating strategies for physical, economic and social change.

Masterplanning techniques can help produce different spatial plans and strategies – for example, design codes, design guides, development briefs and strategic frameworks. They are useful in a range of scenarios in different places, from schemes for entire towns and cities, down to small-scale rural developments.

Related Projects:


Housing and Hotel Spa Development, Woodham Golf Resort, Newton Aycliffe


"the Nack", housing development, Seaham Colliery, County Durham


Housing Development, Easington Lane, County Durham


St Catherine's Housing Development Castletown, Sunderland