In June 2014, the Town Council resolved to produce a Town Design Statement. This document will describe the visual character of our town, and how it might be protected or enhanced. It is primarily concerned with architecture and landscape features in the town.

When complete, the Design Statement can be adopted by the local planning authority as supplementary planning policy. In this way, we will be able to manage change as the town expands. The document will provide design guidelines for new development in Northleach.

The Design Statement deals with one aspect of planning policy and will become part of the Neighbourhood Plan in due course. Why both? The Neighbourhood Plan is more powerful, but will take much longer to put together. (See Neighbourhood Plan.)

To find out more about Village and Town Design Statements see http://www.planninghelp.org.uk/improve-where-you-live/shape-your-local-area/village-design-statements.

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