Have your say on future development standards in Droitwich and Wychavon - The Droitwich Standard

Have your say on future development standards in Droitwich and Wychavon

Droitwich Editorial 11th Jan, 2024   0

RESIDENTS are urged to have their say on a set of documents that will set new standards for future development within Droitwich.

Wychavon District Council has worked with design consultancy Create Streets to produce four new design codes for the district, which act like a recipe for town planning.

They contain a set of requirements covering everything from the natural environment and buildings to roads and street lighting.

The codes can be used to direct the look and feel of a development and how it should interact with the surrounding area.

Guidelines have been produced based on feedback from residents during previous consultations about the types of design they support and want to see more of where they live.

Workshops have also been held with developers and architects highlighting the importance of the codes and how they will reduce design uncertainty when preparing planning applications.

A four-week public consultation has now been launched to give residents the chance to have their say on the draft codes.

The consultation runs until 11.59pm on February 5. Once the consultation closes, the documents will be updated and put before councillors to be formally adopted. They will then be used when assessing and deciding on planning applications.

Councillor Emma Kearsey, executive board member for planning, infrastructure and urban design on Wychavon District Council, said: “I am delighted this proactive work, originally commissioned by Cllr Bradley Thomas, is now coming back to you our residents to check it’s what you told us you want in terms of design for the place where you live.

“These are codes, not guides, and following consultation, we will use them to ensure we demand leading, high-quality design across all development that protects and enhances the character of our beautiful district.”

Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/design-codes to have your say. Paper copies of the codes and consultation forms will also be available from public libraries.

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