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

Last updated: 7/2/2024 Aerial view of West Bridgford photo credit West Bridgford Wire

Photo credit: West Bridgford Wire 

Rushcliffe Borough Council 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 guidance.

It will set out the expectations of developments such as a roof extension on a house, new supermarket, apartment block or large housing development.

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
  • Detailed design of new homes and other buildings

Anyone can take part in an online survey and share their views until Thursday February 29.

Designers, architects and developers will have to follow the Design Code when bringing forward new developments in the Borough.

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. 

RBC’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing Cllr Roger Upton said: “We want to hear from residents, local interest groups, design professionals and developers on what makes Rushcliffe a great place to live and how we can raise the design quality of new development.

“This project is a chance to re-think what characteristics and qualities in new developments should be brought forward to reflect what the residents of Rushcliffe would like to see.

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