During the last decades search for a better design quality in architecture and urban planning has gained an increasing significance so much so that the importance of achieving high quality development through good and inclusive design is acknowledged as vital in delivering economic social and environmental benefits. But latest legislation and changes in approach will make delivery not merely an aspiration but an expectation and perhaps a reality, even during these economically challenging times. The planning Act 2008 and criteria for government-backed project funding aim to change the way that developers and local authorities view the importance of good design. Thus, this study aims to consider the issue of aesthetics and appearance in cities afresh from two viewpoints. One viewpoint concerns the recording and evaluation methods used by the individual surveyor, the other is concerned with establishing a collective view of the city.