Our first authority-wide Design Code SPD, developed for Great Yarmouth Borough Council, is now out for public consultation, until 15th September. The Design Code sets out clear standards and guidance for all aspects of design across both rural and urban areas in this fascinating and characterful part of East Anglia.
We worked with a wide range of stakeholders and local groups in developing the code, which is one of the first new-style authority-wide codes to be developed since the government announced that codes would become mandatory across all local planning authority areas. We drew on best practice around the country and from abroad, and focused particularly on designing to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change, and how to ensure new housing developments relate sympathetically to the landscape of east Norfolk and the character of their adjoining communities.
We structured the Design Code so it is plain English, practical and easy to use by all audiences – and, at just over 100 pages, it is comparatively short to make it more accessible. It contains most detail for areas where there is likelihood of significant change in the future and where current policy and guidance is lacking.