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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Residents and professionals can help shape Borough’s homes of the future

 

Would you like to influence the future design and appearance of housing developments in Cheshire East?

Cheshire East Council has prepared a residential design guide, which will enable residents, developers, architects and other professionals to have their input into how the Borough should look in the future.

The design guide will help to set a benchmark for quality and a ‘sense of place’ across Cheshire East with more imaginative developments that are pleasing to the eye and which meet the living standards and needs of residents and families in the 21stt century.

The purpose is to provide developers and design teams with a framework that can guide them in the development of designs that are likely to be acceptable to planners in the future. This framework will set out how to meet the requirements of the Design Council’s Building for Life 12*, which sets out the industry standard for the design of new housing developments.

Future applications would be expected to include detailed design-related information and offer reassurance to existing communities that development within their settlements and neighbourhoods will be delivered to a high standard.

Designs would be expected to complement existing places within Cheshire East.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cabinet member for housing and planning, said: “This design guide is part of a toolkit of measures aimed at ensuring developers understand the character of the Borough and that they need to design appropriately.

“We welcome new development that responds positively to and reinforces the existing character of a place.”

The Council is inviting feedback on the design guide through an online consultation, which runs until May 18.

This can be accessed via the Council’s web site planning portal or going directly to: http://bit.ly/1VweQeL

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