The proposals for North Walsham West are informed by evidence and policies which are summarised on this page.

National Planning Policy Framework

12. Achieving well-designed places

124. The creation of high quality buildings and places is fundamental to what the planning and development process should achieve. Good design is a key aspect of sustainable development, creates better places in which to live and work and helps make development acceptable to communities. Being clear about design expectations, and how these will be tested, is essential for achieving this. So too is effective engagement between applicants, communities, local planning authorities and other interests throughout the process.

The National Planning Policy Framework can be found here: NPPF (opens in new window)

National Design Guide

The National Planning Policy Framework makes
clear that creating high quality buildings and places
is fundamental to what the planning and development
process should achieve.

The National Design Guide, and the National Model Design Code and Guidance Notes for Design Codes illustrate how well-designed places that are beautiful, healthy, greener, enduring and successful can be achieved in practice.

It forms part of the Government’s collection of planning practice guidance and should be read alongside the separate planning practice guidance on design process and tools.

The National Model Design Code

The purpose of the National Model Design Code is to provide detailed guidance on the production of 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, which reflects the government’s priorities and provides a common overarching framework for design.

The National Design Guide can be found here: Design Guide (opens in new window)

The National Design Code can be found here: Model Design Code (opens in new window)

North Norfolk Design Guide

Since 1974 the North Norfolk Design Guide has helped to shape development across the District. Find out about the emerging new Design Guide and view the current adopted design guide.

The draft Design Guide is a new, online resource which was published for consultation alongside the draft Local Plan in May and June 2019. This latest version will soon replace the current Design Guide and become a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and a material consideration in the planning process.

The current Design Guide is a Supplementary Planning Document prepared to support the Core Strategy.

The document forms part of the current Local Plan for North Norfolk and should be used to inform development proposals. The Design Guide aims to:

Provide further guidance and background information on North Norfolk Core Strategy policies, in particular Policy EN4 Design (including crime prevention) and EN6 Sustainable Construction and Energy Efficiency.
Offer advice and support to anyone involved or interested in the design or alteration of the built environment in North Norfolk, with the objective of raising the quality of design in the District.

View the draft Design Guide here: Draft Guide (opens in new window)

View the current Design Guide: Current Guide (opens in new window)

Last Reviewed: Sunday, May 23, 2021

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