This SPD was adopted by the Council to provide guidance to support previously adopted Development Plan Documents that have now been superseded by the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018. This document is still a material consideration when making planning decisions, with the weight in decision making to be determined having regard to consistency with national planning guidance and the adopted South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018.
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) are intended to expand upon policy or provide further detail to policies in adopted Development Plan Documents (DPDs).
When adopted, SPDs form part of the Local Development Framework but do not have development plan status and are not subject to independent examination.
The District Design Guide SPD expands on district-wide policies included in the Development Control Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) and policies in individual Area Action Plans for major developments that may vary from the district-wide policies. These policies seek to ensure that design is an integral part of the development process.
The District Design Guide SPD also builds on national policy: Planning Policy Statement 1: Delivering Sustainable Development and its supplement: Planning and Climate Change.
These promote sustainable, well-designed development to achieve a high quality built and natural environment.
Achieving good design and sustainable development are the core principals underlying planning. At the heart of sustainable development is the simple idea of ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and for future generations.
The aim of the District Design Guide SPD is to provide additional guidance on how developments can ensure they are sustainable and achieve a high quality of design in a way that respects the local context.
The revised District Design Guide SPD supersedes the existing District Design Guide adopted as Council Policy in November 2005.
The Council adopted the District Design Guide SPD on 2 March 2010.
The adopted SPD takes account of any representations received during the six-week period of public consultation undertaken in October-December 2009. To see a summary of each representation received and the Council's response to each representation, visit: Planning and New Communities Portfolio Holders Meeting - 2 March 2010.
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