Policy and Guidance

A number of design guides and supplementary planning guidance and documents have been produced specifically related to the historic environment. With Local Government Reorganisation it will take time to provide a consistent cover while ensuring that local distinctiveness is fully considered.

Use the links below to view the design guide and supplementary documents for the following areas:

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To augment our response to the Council's Core Strategy Options Paper and Community Network Areas Discussion Paper (where the framework for future growth and development within Cornwall will be set out) the Historic Environment has produced a series of Historic Environment Data sheets arranged by Community Network Area. These papers identify missing evidence, threats to the historic environment, the major heritage at risk and planned or proposed projects.

Carrick Design Guide

This fully illustrated guide is intended to be used as a handbook to assist householders, design professionals and developers in dealing with and submitting development proposals and applications. The Guide was the subject of extensive consultation with a range of stakeholders and organisations in 2003 and 2004 and has Supplementary Planning Guidance status following revision, subsequent approval and adoption by Cabinet.

The Design Guide is laid out in the following sections:

  • Part 1 - Context and Principles
  • Part 2 - The special character of Carrick District
  • Part 3 - Good practice guidelines for residential and mixed use development
  • Part 4 - Good practice guidelines for other development
  • Part 5 - The Design Process

'Good design' is notoriously difficult to define but it is not simply a matter of individual taste and preference. The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) believes that good quality design is largely an objective process and provides the following helpful definition:

"By good design we mean design that is fit for purpose, sustainable, efficient, coherent, flexible, responsive to context, good looking and a clear expression of the requirements of the brief."

The Guide follows Government advice and supports strategic and local planning policies which seek to encourage new development that has regard to the character and appeal of its locality and provides a good quality environment for those who visit, live and work in the area. The Guide was the subject of extensive consultation with a range of stakeholders and organisations in 2003 and 2004 and has Supplementary Planning Guidance status following revision, subsequent approval and adoption by Cabinet.

To view the Design Guide link to the Carrick- Supplementary Planning Guidance and Other Material Considerations page.

Newquay Shopfront Design Guide adopted March 2004

Charlestown Village Design Statement adopted in 1996

To view the Design Guide link to the Restormel - Supplementary Planning Guidance and Other Material Considerations page.

NCDC Design Guide

The Design Guide prepared for the area formerly known as North Cornwall aimed to help improve, rather than dictate standards of design and development in North Cornwall. It was compiled to increase awareness of the existing character of the landscape and local building styles, in order that new development is appropriate and reflects local character. It is important to stress that design solutions should not merely copy the past. Good contemporary design can be compatible with local character, demonstrate an awareness of past traditions, and be unmistakably modern.

To view the Design Guide link to the North Cornwall - Supplementary Planning Guidance and Other Material Considerations page.

Caradon Design Guide

The Caradon Design Guide was been prepared and adopted to help improve, rather than dictate standards of design and development in the district. It has been compiled to increase awareness of the existing character of the landscape and local building styles in order that new development is appropriate and reflects local character. It is important to stress that design solutions should not merely copy the past. Good contemporary design can be compatible with local character, and demonstrate an awareness of past traditions, but be unmistakably modern. The Design Guide was adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance by Caradon in July 2000 and as such may be used as a material consideration in determining planning applications (Planning Policy Guidance 1).

To view the Design Guide link to the Caradon - Supplementary Planning Guidance and Other Material Considerations page.