Urban Design Policy and Guidance
National Policy and Guidance
The government’s national policy on design is contained in the National Planning Policy Framework (2012).
National guidance on design is contained in the government’s Planning Practice Guidance (2014).
Local Policy and Guidance
Policy EM10 of the adopted Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan 2011-2029 addresses design issues. It can be viewed on our Adopted Local Plan webpage.
The Design and Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document contains 16 appendices which address different aspects of design such as Places to Live (Appendix 7) and Residential Amenity Design Guidance (Appendix 16). It can be viewed on our Design and Sustainability SPD webpage.
Building for Life 12
Building for Life 12 is a tool to help assess the design quality of housing schemes. It was created by Cabe at the Design Council in partnership with Design for Homes and the Home Builders Federation. Its 12 questions help structure discussions between local communities, the local planning authority, the developer of a proposed scheme and other stakeholders. It can be viewed on the Design Council website.
It is not a requirement of the council that a Building for Life 12 assessment be carried out for larger housing schemes of say 10 or more dwellings. However, developers are encouraged to assess their schemes against Building for Life 12 when preparing them.
Urban Design team
Telephone: 01256 845492
Planning Policy and Implementation Team
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council