The Design Guide has been prepared as a first point of call for all design matters. Whether you’re a home owner, developer, housebuilder or built environment professional, The Guide aims to provide tips and assistance to shape the placemaking process. The Guide is a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and is an integral part of the North Norfolk Local Plan. The guidance contained herein will be used to help determine planning decisions and will be given significant weight during application and appeal processes.
Nine years have passed since the last Guide was released, a lot has happened since its publication and it is vital that guidance reacts to the emerging challenges. The Guide aims to be a practical tool which links the people, processes and planning requirements involved in delivering high quality design. The Design Guide represents a collective commitment to best practice from all stakeholders. As part of its adoption, The Guide will go through an extensive period of public consultation and has been prepared in accordance with the requirements for community engagement and sustainability appraisal.
The Guide should challenge the way we consider design and the benefits of good design. Often, successful planning results from creative responses to challenging circumstances, not necessarily from standard solutions. Context is key, successful development is planned and designed through a deep understanding of place and what makes it unique. The Guide therefore provides a local layer of knowledge to assist the design process and appreciation of context.