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Last edited 21 Jul 2021
National Model Design Code
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 pilot programme was announced on 21 May 2021. For more information, see Pilot programme for National Model Design Code NMDC.
The final version of the Code was published on 20 July 2021. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-model-design-code
It: '....sets out clear design parameters to help local authorities and communities decide what good quality design looks like in their area. The National Model Design Code forms part of the government’s planning practice guidance and expands on the ten characteristics of good design set out in the National design guide, which reflects the government’s priorities and provides a common overarching framework for design.'
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Building Beautiful Places plan.
- Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission interim report.
- Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.
- Future Homes Standard.
- Government Construction Strategy.
- National design guide.
- National planning policy framework NPPF.
- Office for place.
- Pilot programme for National Model Design Code NMDC.
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