CP0231 - Site Planning and Development

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCP0231
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Mr Michael Biddulph
SemesterDouble Semester
Academic Year2014/5

Outline Description of Module

This is a project based course. This will involve the application of residential planning and layout principles to the development of a housing scheme for a large housing site. Through this you will learn about urban design, site planning issues and how planners deal with the design of development in their work. You will also get an insight into the design process. You will learn some graphic, design and presentations skills. Sessions in Computer Aided Design will be available to students to develop skill in the use of this software, and students will produce their final coursework submission in CAD.

Students will then be taught the principles of valuation in order to judge the commercial viability of their schemes, and in order to understand the relationship between the form a development takes and its value to consumers and developers. Students will have to complete two forms of valuation, and learn the value of the different approaches.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

The module is delivered in two interrelated parts. Part one involves completing a planning appraisal of a site and formulating a scheme. A series of lectures provide the basic ideas and advice about how to do this. CAD software is introduced and students are given time to work up a final scheme, and through tutorials, get advice as they progress to a final submission. In part two, a series of lectures introduce development valuation techniques and then a series of workshops explore how you can complete a valuation of your scheme.

Skills that will be practised and developed

How the module will be assessed

There will be four items of coursework. There is an initial site analysis, synthesis and rough scheme for the designated site worth 20%.

Then there is a final scheme presented in detail in CAD worth 30%. Following this students complete a residual valuation of a scheme worth 30% and a discounted cash flow valuation worth 20%.

The design (Autumn) and financial evaluation (Spring) parts of the module have to be passed separately.


Type of assessment





(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment

Design 1


An initial site analysis, synthesis and a rough scheme for the designated site



Design 2

30 (Qualifying marks)

Final CAD scheme and explanation



Costing 1


Residual valuation



Costing 2

20 (Qualifying marks)

Discounted Cash Flow valuation



The opportunity for reassessment in this module

 If students fail either of the two parts they will be asked to resubmit the failed element to a pass standard.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Qualifying Mark Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 20 N/A
Design 1 - An Initial Site Analysis, Synthesis And A Rough Scheme For The Designated Site
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 50 N/A
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 30 40
Design 2 - Final Cad Scheme And Explanation
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Design in the planning system. Site appraisal from a planning and design perspective. Principles for designing a residential scheme. Learning from previous schemes. What to consider, draw and show examples of. Opportunities and constraints of development. Devising a rough scheme. CAD tutorials. Presenting the final submission: a review of what works and what doesn’t. Scheme tutorials.

Introduction to the valuation report. The property market; and property development as an economic activity. Participants in the development process and their motives. Developer responses to constraints on development. The stages of the development process. Introduction to valuation and appraisal: market value and development value. Basic valuation methods: comparative and investment methods.Collecting market evidence. The residual method. Criticisms of the residual valuation. Residual Valuation Workshops. The Discounted Cash Flow method. DCF valuation tutorials.

Essential Reading and Resource List

Background Reading and Resource List

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