Village design statements

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Due to an upgrade to the Planning Portal between 9am and midday on Saturday 21 October, customers will be unable to view documents on the site during this time.

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

Once the 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.

Completed statements

A number of villages have now completed Village Design Statements. Before downloading, please be aware that these documents contain photographs and graphics, so files sizes may be quite large.

Draft statements

Statements for several more villages are in various stages of production.

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