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Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research


The Women's Design Service was funded to run a project by London Councils (2008-2011) to set up Women's Design Groups (WDG) across twelve London Boroughs. The aim of the Groups was “to increase community engagement and participation in local and regional planning and policy development”.

The remit of the Women's Design Groups was to comment on local and regional (London) major planning applications and policy proposals from a gender perspective, using women's experience of the built environment and to try to remove barriers to women that may be built into new developments. The Women’s Design Service commissioned Dr Gemma Burgess at the University of Cambridge to conduct an evaluation of the Women's Design Groups project.

Publication Date

1st August 2011