National Design Guide

11th October 2019

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has recently published a new National Design Guide, along with an update to the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) about ‘good design’. This follows on from the Government’s stronger emphasis on design in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in 2018. Indications are that this will be supplemented by a National Design Code later this year.

The Guide sets out 10 characteristics of well-designed places to demonstrate what good design can mean in practice. Councils that have not produced their own local design guides can use the new National Design Guide and the forthcoming National Design Code when considering whether to approve development proposals. The NPPF (130) indicates developments of poor design should be refused where they fail to improve the character and quality of an area. With a strong Architectural and Planning Team George F. White can assist you in meeting high quality design standards whilst still achieving a cost effective and profitable development.

George F. White have a well-established architectural team offering services alongside planning consultants from initial design concepts, navigating the planning process, through construction, to occupation or sale via our property team. We offer a tailored package specialising in residential, commercial, education and leisure projects with a commitment to service and quality.

For more information or an initial free of charge meeting contact:

Hunter Hardy, Partner and Head of Architectural Services

Stephanie Linnell, Partner, Planning Consultant

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