Design Guide adopted by South Northamptonshire Council

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A document which aims to protect the rich history and charming character of the district has been adopted by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

In the spring, SNC held a public consultation on the South Northants Design Guide which will affect all new development requiring planning permission in the district, from large commercial development to household extensions.

The Design Guide expands on the councilís existing guidance to give homeowners and developers a single, all-encompassing document.

Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC's portfolio holder for planning and environment, said: "The vast majority of consultation responses, including several parish councils, gave general support for the Design Guide.

"There were some concerns raised by major housebuilders which are addressed in the final document, but overall we think this Design Guide will help preserve and protect those things that make this district one of the best places to live in the country."

The Design Guide focuses on five key types of development experienced in the district: residential, open space and landscaping, commercial development, agricultural and rural development, and schools and community developments. It draws on the best examples and the most distinctive characteristics of local architecture, to help deliver the best quality design whilst also reinforcing what is special and unique about South Northamptonshire.

For more information see Design Guide.