Planning and building

Village Design Statements

A Village Design Statement (VDS):

  • is developed by local people (living in the village), involving a cross-section of the community
  • describes the unique character of the village and its surrounding countryside
  • sets out design guidelines to show how the local character of the village can be protected and enhanced within new developments
  • helps to guide development design so that it complements the local area

Approved Village Design Statements

Once a VDS is approved as planning guidance, it is used by the local planning authority, developers, architects and residents when considering all forms and scale of developments.

See Approved Village Design Statements; statements for several more villages are in various stages of production; we'll publish them when they're complete.

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