The importance of good design
The National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that good design is a key aspect of sustainable development, creates better places in which to live and work and helps to make development acceptable to communities. It also states that that creating high quality buildings and places is fundamental to what the planning and development process should achieve. The National Design Guide (September 2019) sets out 10 key principles for good design.
Good design helps development to be as sustainable as it can be, benefits local people and local businesses as well as the environment, and helps to both mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Key design principles are set out in Part 1 of the Design SPG as well in as the National Design Guide (2019). The settlement character plans and maps below, plus more recent character assessments for Lydiate and Maghull relate to Part 1 of the SPG. These stress the importance of site context and local character, reflecting policies in the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans.
Part 2 of the Design SPG includes guidance on site design, layout and access, and is complemented by other guidance such as the Sustainable Travel and Development SPD, the Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Flood Risk Information Note and Open Space SPD also found on this web-page and the National Design Guide (2019).
Part 3 of the Design SPG focuses on design of buildings and structures, stressing the need for sustainable design which helps to meet the challenge of climate change. Like Parts 1 and 2 of the Design SPG, Part 3 reflects policies in the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans, and is complemented by other guidance also found on this web-page and the National Design Guide (2019).
Part 4 of the Design SPG focuses on sustainable design which helps to both mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Its Appendix A is a Sustainability Checklist which is a starting point for applicants, to help them meet the requirements of a number of policies in the Sefton Local Plan and the National Design Guide.