Design Guides

Melville Dunbar was the team leader and co-author of one of the most widely respected and well-used design guides - the Essex Design Guide. Since it was introduced, design guides have become extensively employed by local planning authorities to inspire innovative design and raise the standard of development proposals.

The practice has prepared numerous design guides on subjects ranging from agricultural buildings to the physical planning standards for new housing and the design of residential roads, parking and services.


Cork County Council, Planning Guidance and Standards Series No. 2 MAKING PLACES: A design guide for residential estate development
A Design Guide for Residential Areas, Essex County Council
The Broads, Authority Broads Design Guidance - Agricultural buildings
East Anglia Tourist Board, Towards a Design Guide for Coastal Static Caravan Parks
Isle of Man Government, Planning Circular 3/91 Guide to the Design of Residential Development in the Countryside
A Design Guide for Residential Areas - Highway Standards
This followed the Design Guide for Residential Areas and was prepared to enable architects and developers to produce attractive residential layouts using a new range of adoptable road types that had been approved by highway engineers at Essex County Council.

In particular the guide permitted a greater spatial variation to be achieved with a consequent improvement to the townscape and architectural character of larger housing areas.

Melville Dunbar was the Chairmen of the Traffic Engineers Working Party for the preparation of the guide.

Manx - A Guide to the Design of Residential Roads, Footpaths, Parking and Services