Welcome to Core Connections Ltd

Urban Designer

About us

Are you searching for an urban designer, a town planner or an expert in consultation? Core Connections Ltd is run by Elizabeth Wrigley, an experienced urban designer and town planner, who has worked in public, private and voluntary sectors. Our services include Urban Design and planning services for clients. We offer community-based design methods, and flexible master planning tools. Please have a look around the web site and contact Elizabeth for more information or to discuss your own ideas, and get in touch using the contact page details tab on this web site. Our home-based office is able to offer full access to all the information you will need.

Planning Advice and preparing applications

Do you need planning advice? With Core Connections Ltd you can always be assured of having the best advice.We work on development briefs and input to site design, as well as on individual planning applications. We help with questions such as “What works well on the new mixed-use High Street?” and “How can the uniqueness of a place be captured?” “Can I modify my listed building?” “How do I meet Housing In Multiple Occupation guidelines?”

Note that now in the current gradual post virus recovery, planning continues to be possible, and many local authorities are operating virtual services successfully. Elizabeth and her team can help you present your case, make the application and follow it through. 

What will the future of planning look like? In particular High Streets may change as Elizabeth’s recent blog for the RTPI web site suggests, see https://www.rtpi.org.uk/blog/2020/july/unlocking-our-high-streets-the-need-for-a-clear-vision/

Elizabeth also recently hosted a video on the future of shopping, see the recent blog page on this web site or you can go to the link here 

Landscape and Urban Design Guidance

Core Connections has been pioneering a landscape-led masterplan process in East Anglia for many years, notable on development briefing and planning guidance in Stowmarket, Eye Airfield and Attleborough.  The Attleborough Design Guide draft has now been completed by Core Connections and Alison Farmer Associates,  and will soon be available for public consultation, following which it could become supplementary planning guidance to support the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan. More information is given below on this neighbourhood plan.

Garden Cities 

Elizabeth is a founder member of the New Garden Cities Alliance Community Interest Company. The New Garden City Alliance (NGCA) co-hosted the successful conference, Letchworth Four on 19th June 2019 on transportation options for connecting New Garden Settlements with existing communities. A summary is available here. Work has continued on seeking ways to ensure new development takes place in ways that do not force residents into only using their cars.

Local action and Neighbourhood Plans

It is now more possible than ever to express your ideas and aspirations for your neighbourhood as plans for the future, whether you are local stakeholders, owners or users. Core Connections Ltd can help you with Action Areas, Neighbourhood Plans, and representations for Local Plans. For example the Core Connections team worked with the townspeople in Attleborough preparing their Neighbourhood Plan and getting it ‘made’ as part of planning policy. She appeared at the Local Plan Inquiry to put forward the changes sought to reflect the made Neighbourhood Plan.  Elizabeth made representations to the district planning committee on the Neighbourhood Plan policies, and in particular relating to outline permission on a major urban extension to the town. Outline planning approval was given unanimously. Core Connections then worked with a small group representing the neighbourhood plan teams, town and district councils and the developer to secure S106 developer contributions. The S106 was signed in March 2020 and includes a developer commitment to contributions to create to a new Linear Park to give wildlife and the community continuous connectivity across the town,  and for a Community Centre to be created for the new development.  Other benefits will ensure the town and its extension are properly connected by foot and cycle routes, and links to the rail station as an improved hub for the town. For details on how you too can get involved in projects such as the Linear Park please get in touch with Elizabeth.

Our Green Group, an informal consortium of firms with a lively interest in implementing new sustainable solutions to construction and design issues, meets regularly in London or virtually. Elizabeth convenes meetings and writes newsletters – see here for some background and to be sent a recent Newsletter or if  you are interested in joining the debates, either by attending a future meeting or being included by electronic communications, please contact Elizabeth, using the contact page details on this web site.

High Streets of the future

What will our High Streets become in the near future? Nearly deserted, with many shops still closed? Vibrant pedestrian and cycling hubs with outdoor cafes and reduced air pollution? Elizabeth worked on many town centre projects at the Civic Trust using a programme called Centre Vision, partly funded by some major retail chains. For an example of the town centre vision produced through this programme see Daventry.

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