Last edited 01 Feb 2021

National Model Design Code

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On 30 January 2021 the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government launched a consultation on draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and a new draft National Model Design Code.

The proposed amendments to the NPPF implement policy changes in response to the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission “Living with Beauty” report. The government suggests a wider review of the NPPF is likely to be required ‘in due course’.

The draft National Model Design Code provides detailed guidance on the production of local design codes, guides and policies to promote successful design. It expands on the ten characteristics of good design set out in the National Design Guide, and reflects the government’s priorities, creating a common overarching framework for design.

It suggests: “A design code is a set of simple, concise, illustrated design requirements that are visual and numerical wherever possible to provide specifc, detailed parameters for the physical development of a site or area. This guide is a toolkit to guide local planning authorities on the design parameters and issues that need to be considered and tailored to their own context when producing design codes and guides, as well as methods to capture and reflect the views of the local community from the outset, and at each stage in the process”

The government is inviting expressions of interest from local planning authorities in England to test the draft code.

The consultation closes 27 Mar 2021.


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