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Finalising the masterplan

Your preferred option should be developed so that it is technically accurate, tested and backed up with evidence. At the same time, it needs to be accessible so that it brings your project to life for all interested parties.

Finalising the masterplan is part of the masterplanning process.

A masterplan does not simply present a plan of how things should be. It must also show how a solid evidence base, good decision-making and an inclusive process have led to the preferred option. Importantly, it needs to be clear about what is fixed (what is essential and can’t be changed) and what is indicative (what is open for interpretation and change). It should also convey something of the character and quality of what is proposed by including illustrations of what the place might be like in the future.

Clients should work with project teams at the outset of the design phase to plan what needs to be included in the masterplan document. This varies by project and scale but, in broad terms, is likely to comprise the following:

For the client, the important steps are identifying and agreeing the preferred option, consolidating the analysis and options testing, commenting on emerging drafts of the final reports and signing off the completed document.

The masterplan needs to articulate your vision and how it will be implemented, demonstrate that it has been developed through a comprehensive and inclusive process, and integrate land use, landscape, transport, energy, infrastructure and building form considerations into a coherent whole.

How do I finalise the masterplan?

  1. Identify the preferred option
    Collectively, you need to consider which of your options will offer people a great place to live and work in.
  2. Draft the masterplan document
    The different disciplines within the project team will bring together strategies for landscape, transport, energy, infrastructure, land use and building form design into a fully integrated whole.
  3. Highlight how to create excellent buildings
    A good masterplan will define an urban design vision, but you will also need to have in mind how to create a framework within which good quality architecture can flourish during the implementation phase.
  4. Finalise and sign off the document
    Formal endorsement from the client team and, potentially, other organisations involved in the development control process will be needed to finalise the document and ensure it has the support it needs.

Examples of finalising the masterplan