Cornwall Shopfront Design Guide

Many of Cornwall’s historic Towns have poorly maintained historic shopfronts that could be easily repaired and poor quality replacement shopfronts and signs. 

To help guide renovation and replacement of shopfronts a draft Shopfront Design Guide has been produced for Cornwall Council with funding from Heritage lottery Fund. We are inviting people to feedback on the draft guide so that it can be finalised.

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Once agreed this guide is intended to help to improve the quality of shopfronts and signs by being used in the early stages of the planning process.

The guide gives advice on:

  • how to repair and renovate existing shopfronts.
  • installing better quality replacement shopfronts and signs in the future.
  • why the design of shopfronts contribute so much to the special character of Cornwall’s historic settlements.

A draft Appendix for Shopfronts in St Austell has been produced and is included as part of this engagement exercise. It is anticipated that other specific appendices will be produced by Neighbourhood Planning Groups or Town and Parish Councils for their own area to give information on local distinctiveness. These appendices will help to identify surviving traditional shopfronts and signs and distinctive local details and issues. They will be used to influence the quality of repairs and new shopfronts.

The draft Shopfront Design Guide and draft Appendix for St Austell is on this page. The public consultation period for the Shopfront Design Guide has now finished. Feedback is currently being assessed in order to update the guidance. After this is done a request will be made for formal endorsement by Cornwall Council for both the Shopfront Design Guide and Appendix 1: St Austell. 

Copies of the Draft Shopfront Design Guide and St Austell Appendix are also available in the reception of Cornwall Council Offices in Penzance, Camborne, Truro, St Austell and Bodmin.