The procedures surrounding town planning and design are the perfect instruments for responding to the demands arising from continual growth.
The responsibilities of the town planners, also include the protection of already existing areas (centre of Gemen or construction sites from the 50s and 60s). This also encompasses the introduction of sensitive and compatible alterations in historical areas, redevelopment of allotments and the capitalisation of reserve land near to the town centre.
As always, Borken is largely concerned with the planning of new, contemporary and well designed accommodation within the town and its outlying areas.
As well as the new and redevelopment of living accommodation, the development of land for commercial traders, service providers and business also represents an important part of town planning. Furthermore, special planning processes exist to deal with the town's ample and available land for public facilities (i.e. sports halls, schools etch).
Aside from the rather extensive, general planning of buildings for a wide range of purposes, whose development, land area, park/ garden percentage, further development and layout is already predefined, particular attention is given to 'town design'.
Town design is now active in a period of rather liberal conceptional construction and has acquired particular importance. It offers a suitable means of giving property its essential individualism and recognisability, allowing it to become a landmark in its own right.
Our design aims are just as valid for historical areas (i.e. the centre of Gemen) as well as for new construction sites.
Borken wholly believes that urban areas need to be developed using certain principles of design (building placement, roof shape, loft conversions and exterior components such as balconies, porches and conservatories), so that residents can feel good about where they live.
The quality of our urban environment largely determines how we feel from day to day. Because this influence goes unnoticed by most people, it remains necessary to constantly probe the understanding and sensitivity of the population on these issues, in order to improve their judgement. This is done in part by encouraging appreciative perception: the eye and other sensory faculties must be made to pick out dimension, rhythm, proportion, material and colour.
When dealing with town planning, this always comes down to placing the right project in the right location to a high level of design and social standards. This ensures long-term acceptance by the population.
It should, for example be widely accepted that the historic centre of Gemen or Borken's cramped town centre (the centre pieces of our town), both require an extensive and detailed design policy. The working policies for these areas should also contribute towards the continuity and new development of the town's historic areas without upsetting their architectural harmony.
The construction consulting service offered by the Office of the Environment, Planning and Building Regulations, is there to provide alternatives (when needed) for construction sponsors and architects, that clearly outline the town's planning goals. In this way it is possible to reach mutually acceptable solutions concerning design standards in construction plans or design policy.