To consider the publication of the MHCLG Design Guide.
The Planning Policy Team Leader said a new National Design Guide had been published by the government. The guide was included in the agenda pack, and the report noted implications for the Council’s future work programme and for determining planning applications.
Members suggested that a joint workshop with the Planning Committee be scheduled to work through the new guidance.
In response to a Member question, the Assistant Director – Planning said the Development Management Team did not have an Urban Design Officer, but that an Urban Design Officer would be joining the Garden Communities Team.
Members discussed the options open to the Council to consider how to develop its own design codes or guides for elsewhere in the district.