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Districtwide design guide SPD

The Council has adopted the Districtwide Design Guide which illustrates the Council’s aspirations for maintaining and improving the design quality across the Somerset West and Taunton area.

The purpose of the Districtwide Design Guide is to seek a step change in the quality of new development in the district in support of adopted local plan policies. It aims to ensure that the significant level of development and housing growth needed in the district to meet future need is designed to create healthy, inclusive, sustainable places to live for everyone promoting a common approach to the main principles which underpin the various adopted Local Plans that are used for assessing planning applications. 

It demonstrates that meeting the challenges of the climate emergency through sustainable, energy efficient, low carbon and climate resilient measures is integral to high quality design and placemaking, and in doing so brings major benefits to other key aspects of good design, such as health and wellbeing. It also attempts to show how principles of good practice in street design and layout can be incorporated into good placemaking.

The Design Guide was subject to extensive public consultation throughout 2020 and 2021 and was adopted by Full Council as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on 7 December 2021.   Hence it is a material consideration in determining relevant planning proposals and applications and is afforded weight in the decision-making process.