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County Durham Building for Life Supplementary Planning Document consultation


We want your views on the County Durham Building for Life Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The SPD focuses on improving design of new residential schemes and promoting a good quality environment.

Background

The County Durham Building for Life SPD focusses on improving the design of new residential schemes and promoting a good quality environment. This supports our aim to improve economic prosperity and enhance the environment.

We currently operate an in-house review process to assess schemes, based on the national Building for Life 12 (BfL 12) Standards. This SPD adopts these national standards, formalises the review process and identifies 'what this means for County Durham'. It also sets out the guidelines and standards for its operation, which is based on a 'traffic light' scoring system to identify how schemes perform against the standards. The SPD will form part of the County Plan when it is adopted and is linked to the Sustainable Design Policy (policy 31 of the County Durham Plan).

What are we proposing?

The council currently operates an in-house review process to assess the design quality of residential schemes based on national standards.

We are proposing to formally adopt these national standards, detail what the standards mean in County Durham and formalise the design review process.

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Have your say

The closing date for comments was 4.30pm on 3 August 2018.

Note: all comments will be added to our planning consultation system. Your name will be published, and we can't consider any comments that do not include a valid name. This is because this is a statutory consultation and the Planning Inspector may wish us to validate the comment at a later date.

What happens next?

Your responses will be considered during the development of the County Durham Building for Life SPD. The SPD will then go through a further round of consultation before being adopted.

Contact us
County Durham Plan consultations
Our address is:
  • Freepost Spatial Policy
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