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What are Design Codes?

Design codes are tools specified in the government’s National Design Guide to be used by local planning authorities, communities and developers to ensure that any new development that happens in their area is of a high quality of design.

Each design code is a set of simple, concise, illustrated design requirements that are visual (eg what buildings might look like) and, where applicable, numerical (e.g the dimensions or quantity). These provide principles and guidelines for development of a specific site or within a district.

They can also help promote healthier, greener, environmentally responsive, sustainable and distinctive places.

Having these guidelines in place before any new developments are designed gives communities greater certainty about the quality of future development in their area.

The Uttlesford Design Code will comply with existing guidance including:
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