Village design statements and guidance

Village design statements

Village design statements have been prepared by Parish Councils to help protect the character of villages. They are a practical tool to help influence decisions on design and development.

These documents should provide a clear statement of the character of a particular village against which planning applications may be assessed. They are not concerned with whether development should take place but with how planned development should be carried out, so that it is in harmony with its setting and contributes to the conservation and, where possible, enhancement of the local environment.

The following Parish Councils have produced a village design statement

Village design guidance

We have prepared a suite of guidance issues for settlements across the district. This guidance describes the distinctive characteristics of the locality and provides design guidance to influence future development of the area.

Village design guides and Guidance notes

These are an important tool for use in helping to protect the character of villages in terms of sensitive design and are used to help influence decisions on design and development. Prepared correctly, a Village Design Statement (VDS) will provide a clear statement of the character of a particular village against which planning applications may be assessed. They are not concerned with whether development should take place but with how planned development should be carried out, so that it is in harmony with its setting and contributes to the conservation and, where possible, enhancement of the local environment. Where relevant these should be read in conjunction with the Conservation Area Appraisal.