Village Design Guides

Village Design Guides Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)

In 2018-19, we worked with 8 villages in the district to develop new Village Design Guides, funded by central government. The aim was to raise the quality of new planned development and support inclusive, sustainable growth. We have adopted all 8 new Supplementary Planning Documents which are now material planning considerations in deciding planning applications. We are currently consulting on a further Village Design Guide – see below for more details.

A Village Design Guide describes the distinctive character of the village and sets out guidelines for how this should be enhanced by new developments. It helps communities and planners shape the character of new development in your area, in response to community priorities. It is a way to provide more locally specific detail, which augments and amplifies our Local Plan policies.

The Village Design Guide Supplementary Planning Documents are:

  • Concise and visually led- providing clear and unambiguous guidance
  • Focused on the priorities of the village community, ensuring that the full diversity of community views are included.
  • Design focused – looking at how buildings, streets, spaces landscape and materials come together to create areas with distinctive identity and character.
  • Forward-looking– aiming to make new development the best quality it can be, encouraging appropriate, creative design approaches.

Consultation on the Draft Little Shelford Village Design Guide SPD

We are holding a formal consultation (Regulation 13) on the Draft Little Shelford Village Design Guide SPD along with its supporting documents, from 9am on 27 September to 5pm on 25th October 2021.

You can read:

Please complete our consultation response survey to tell us what you think.

If you need to read the documents in an alternative format, or to respond to the consultation in an alternative format, please contact us using the contact details at the bottom of this page, and we will be glad to assist.

The following adopted SPDs below supplement a number of policies in the adopted South Cambridgeshire Local Plan and are a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

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