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Design Guidance

Design Guidance

How are well-designed places achieved through the planning system?

Well-designed places can be achieved by taking a proactive and collaborative approach at all stages of the planning process, from policy and plan formulation through to the determination of planning applications and the post approval stage.

The UK Government have provided design guidance to explain the processes and tools that can be used through the planning system and how to engage local communities effectively.

To be read alongside this guidance, the national design guide sets out the characteristics of well-designed places and demonstrates what good design means in practice.

In July 2022 the SDNPA published the adopted Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which provides generic guidance on a number of key design issues and in support of Local Plan Policy SD5 (Design).

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