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Have your say on quality and standards for new developments in Rushcliffe

Last updated: 22/5/2024

Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) is preparing a new Design Code to set out quality and standard rules for new developments and is inviting residents, local interest groups, design professionals and developers to have their say on the next stage of the process.

The Design Code will establish the expectations of developments which designers, architects and developers will have to follow when bringing forward new developments in the Borough.

It will cover a range of topics including:

  • How new and existing developments should be connected for example through footpaths and roads
  • The position of new buildings and their size and scale
  • The design of public spaces
  • Landscape around new buildings such as green spaces and tree planting

Earlier this year during the first stage of the process, RBC invited residents to have their say on Rushcliffe’s strengths, weaknesses and priorities for a Design Code.

Following feedback, the Borough was divided up into seven zones known as Area Types:

  • Urban (West Bridgford)
  • Riverside
  • Key Settlements
  • Settlements (villages)
  • New Neighbourhoods
  • High Streets
  • Rural and Farmland

Design objectives for each zone and an overarching Design Vision for the whole of the Borough have been developed, with the vision to design new development to be beautiful, sustainable, of high quality and to reflect the local characteristics of the Borough of Rushcliffe.

The vision will further develop and become more comprehensive as the Design Code progresses over the coming months.

Now in stage two of the process, the authority is inviting participants to have their say on the Design Vision and the design objectives for each of the Area Types.

Anyone can take part in an online survey and share their views until Sunday June 30.

RBC’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing Cllr Roger Upton said: “We’re now in the second stage of developing the Rushcliffe Design code and we’ve launched a consultation on the Design Vision which is open for six weeks.

“The code will provide more certainty for Rushcliffe’s communities about the design of new development, raise design standards and support the Council in determining planning applications. 

“We want to hear from residents, local interest groups, design professionals and developers to gather a range of views on what topics, types of development and geographical areas the design code should focus on.

“Please take the time to fill in our consultation online where you can share your views and help shape our Design Code for future of design in the Borough.”

A further consultation on the Draft Design Code will take place in the autumn.