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Shopfront Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) consultation


We want your views on our new document, which sets out guidance to promote good shopfront design, restoration, and refurbishment.

Thank you to all who responded to the consultation on the first draft of this document, which took place late 2023. Feedback will be considered as part of the drafting of the next version of the document and consulted on May/June 2024.

Background

The County Durham Plan (CDP) was adopted in October 2020. It provides a framework for new planning developments and helps to assess planning applications up to 2035. This draft SPD supports a range of policies in the CDP.

What the SPD includes

The SPD sets out guidance to promote good shopfront design, restoration, and refurbishment especially for historic buildings and in conservation areas, and includes:

  • Design principles to ensure good design and how best to incorporate corporate logos, signage, canopies, lighting, maintenance, and security.
  • Key elements of shopfront design.
  • Development management and pre-application enquires.
  • Policy context and considering heritage requirements.

Objective - Shopfronts Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Have your say

The closing date for comments was 5.00pm on 3 December 2023.

What happens next

Responses to the consultation will be considered in drafting the next version of the document. We will then consult again in Spring 2024. Any final amendments to the document will be considered and justified before completion and approval. Once approved, the SPD will be adopted and will be used to assess planning applications.

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