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A guide to keeping South Northamptonshire special

Author: Gavin Moore Published: 7th April 2017 16:29
A guide to keeping South Northamptonshire specialA guide to keeping South Northamptonshire special

A document which aims to protect the essence of South Northamptonshire will be open for public consultation from this Monday, 10 April 2017.
South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) Design Guide supplementary planning document will affect all new development requiring planning permission in the district, from large commercial development to back garden improvements.
The Design Guide retains the best of the existing 20-year-old guidance, and incorporates additional information to give homeowners and developers a single, all-encompassing document.
A four week public consultation on the Design Guide opens on Monday, 10 April.
Andy Preston, SNC’s head of development management said: “Every year South Northants sits in the top 20 places to live in the UK. This document aims to preserve the character, buildings and open spaces that contribute to that success.
“Much of the existing guidance is about 20 years old, is in various formats and is not especially user friendly.
“The new document will be a comprehensive guide covering an extensive list of design aspects for a wide variety of developments.
“I would urge anyone who cares about the look and feel of South Northants to take part in this consultation.”
The Design Guide begins by discussing existing local and national planning policy and goes on to give a detailed analysis of the character of the district’s buildings and landscapes.
The main body of the Design Guide is broken down into five parts: residential, open space, commercial development, agricultural and rural development, and schools and community developments.
The public consultation on the Design Guide ends on Monday, 8 May 2017 and comments should be submitted by no later than 5pm.
Once consultation responses are reviewed, any necessary or beneficial changes will then be made before the final version of the document is presented to the SNC Planning Policy and Regeneration Strategy Committee for adoption.
The Design Guide can be viewed online at - http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/8387.htm.

Alternatively, hardcopies can be viewed at The Forum in Towcester, Brackley and Towcester Town Halls, and Towcester, Roade, Middleton Cheney and Deanshanger libraries.
Comments can be made via the council’s online consultation page at: http://consult.southnorthants.gov.uk/consult.ti/system/listConsultations or emailed to: DesignGuide@southnorthants.gov.uk.
For more information on SNC Planning Policy visit - http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/planningpolicy.htm.
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snc mafia
At 12:22 on 12th April 2017, snc mafia commented:
SO , how and where do the public go to get involved in this please ?
peter k
At 15:58 on 12th April 2017, peter k commented:
An interesting and worthy document, but can the ideas expressed be successfully translated into solid building practices. I have my doubts. Developers do not want to be constrained (as they see it) by regulations, and our planning departments seem unable to enforce the simplest of demands made.

There is also the very serious matter of costs involved in the use of quality materials and in the likes of solar energy and water conservation. Yes houses with solar panels and the like can be built and sold, but what of the social housing that is being included in modern developments? Will they have the ecological finary installed. Only if the cost con be bourne elsewhere, either by surcharging the more expensive housing or by government intervention. Neither a likely solution.

It will be interesting to see the result of the planned consultation and by how such good ideas are watered down to fit in with current building practices.

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