National Design Guide
On the 1st October 2019, the government launched a National Design Guide (NDG) to show how well-designed places that are ‘beautiful, enduring and successful’ can be achieved. The NDG is intended to help local authorities achieve quality and excellence in design but also asks them to prepare and implement their own design guides in line with the national standard.
The National Design Guide is based on the National Planning Policy Framework which highlights that a fundamental part of the planning and development process is creating high quality buildings and places. At the heart of this process is good design which is defined as being:
Context – enhances the surroundings.
Identity – attractive and distinctive.
Built form – a coherent pattern of development.
Movement – accessible and easy to move around.
Nature – enhanced and optimised.
Uses – mixed and integrated.
Resources – efficient and resilient.
Lifespan – made to last.