New design guidance adopted for the district

New design guidance which sets the standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods has been adopted by Uttlesford District Council.

The guidance is based on 'Building for a Healthy Life', a government-endorsed industry standard, and will be used to inform decisions on planning applications.

The Uttlesford-specific document was made by Design for Homes, a local social enterprise which operates nationally to improve the design quality of new housing development, and was created to showcase examples of best practice within the district, to help reinforce the council's commitment to good design.

The guidance seeks to address the concerns of local communities by setting standards which developers must meet in order to achieve planning approval. It includes a scoring system which will be used to assess the performance of a scheme against considerations such as natural connections, making the most of what's there, walking, cycling, public transport, healthy streets, green and blue infrastructure, parking, and character.  

The Building for a Healthy Life document, which endorsed by the Local Plan Leadership Group last month, can be found on the council's website.

16 November 2021