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The National Design Guide

The National Design Guide

The national design guide sets out the ten characteristics of well-designed places and explains what good design means in practice.  For more information, please follow the link below:


The ten characteristics are:

  1. Context
  2. Identity
  3. Built Form
  4. Movement
  5. Nature
  6. Public Spaces
  7. Uses
  8. Homes and Buildings
  9. Resources
  10. Lifespan

In addition to the National Design Guide, a South Downs Design Guide will set out the general design principles and standards that development proposals in the National Park will need to follow.

In addition to the South Downs Design Guide, local design guides, within Neighbourhood Development Plans and Village Design Statements, set out specific design principles in their respective areas; these are an important way of communicating local design expectations and requirements.

More information on local design guides can be found here


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