Last Modified May 22, 2013
Developments that are well-planned make a positive contribution to the built environment where people live, work and visit.
Our Planning and Design Guide aims to promote higher standards of design and layout in Hertsmere by setting out the key principles that we expect to be applied to new development in our borough.
It has been adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which means that the standards and policies within it will be used when we assess planning applications.
It sets out our principles in order to help homeowners, developers and anyone one else carrying out work which requires planning permission. It covers the layout and appearance of both domestic extensions and new house building, as well as commercial development, including changes to shop fronts.
Planning and Design Guide - Part A: Overview and Context
Planning and Design Guide - Part C: Site Appraisal: Design and Access Statements
A site appraisal is a survey and evaluation of the existing characteristics of a site and its surroundings. We will expect to see a site appraisal submitted with applications for new residential, leisure, educational, social and commercial developments as part of an overall Design and Access Statement. This statement should show how proposals have considered the advice in this Planning and Design Guide and should illustrate how you arrived at the design.
Planning and Design Guide - Part D: Guidelines for Development
This section sets out general guidance for design in our borough. Part D applies to all types of development, although there is an emphasis on new development, and Part E contains more specific guidelines on residential extensions.
Planning and Design Guide - Part E: Guidelines for Residential Extensions and Alterations
Part E sets out specific additional guidance for residential extensions where planning permission is required. All examples of alerations set out in this section require planning permission; if you are unsure whether your proposals need permission please refer to Part B of this guide.
Planning and Design Guide Clarification note for Part E
Planning and Design Guide - Part F: Shop Fronts
Shop fronts are an important part of any town, district or neighbourhood centre and a high quality, well-designed row of shop fronts can help to attract more visitors and consequently help maintain or improve the vitality and viability of Hertsmere's retail centres.
Draft Planning and Design guide Part D
We are currently consulting the public on a revised version of part D of the planning and Design Guide SPD. Please see our Planning Consultations page.
The draft Part D of the Planning and Design guide (for public consultation) was endorsed for interim development management use by the Council’s Executive Committee Members at the 12th December 2012 meeting. Therefore, officers will take this guide into account when making decisions for application registered on or after 13th December 2012.