The Newbury Town Design Statement is a community led document which is intended to provide a context for new development and influence the operation of the statutory planning system. A town design statement should describe the distinctive visual qualities and characteristics of a particular area and set out clear design guidance for any future development.
Its purpose is to manage change, whether that change is major new development or just cumulative, small scale additions and alterations. It is not about whether development should take place; that is a job for the Local Plan. A design statement is about how planned development should be carried out, so that it is in harmony with its setting and makes a positive contribution to the local environment.
The local community in Newbury has carried out a draft refresh of the Newbury Town Design Statement [3Mb], which was originally produced and adopted by West Berkshire Council in 2005, and we would like your views on the proposed changes. Much of the content remains the same, but it does contain factual updates, along with some updated design guidelines.
Please send your comments on the draft document to the Planning Policy Team, no later than 17 November 2017.
Following the consultation period, a final version of the refreshed Newbury Town Design Statement will be adopted by West Berkshire Council.