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New guides to help planning applications

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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ASHBOURNE people are being asked their views on planning guidance for alterations and extensions to houses, and on the design of shop fronts in the national park.

The Peak District National Park Authority is inviting members of the public and other stakeholders, such as local businesses, parish councils, planning agents and conservation organisations, to comment on two new design documents.

The first ‘Alterations and Extensions’ is detailed design guide which sets out the authority’s approach to dealing with changes to doors, windows, roof lights and parking, as well as additions such as porches, garages and conservatories.

‘Shop Fronts’ is the second, a similarly detailed guide for retailers, developers and designers, setting out the approach to creating good shop fronts.

This applies to retail premises, but also to banks, restaurants and estate agents and covers aspects such as design, signage and lighting.

John Scott, director of planning, said: “Almost half of all planning applications in the national park every year are for alterations or extensions to people’s homes and we want to improve the way we deal with these applications.

“The detailed advice will set out what the authority expects from the design of a new development which should be sympathetic to its architectural and cultural heritage setting.

“If everyone takes this guidance on board before submitting a formal planning application it should help them design appropriate development which enhances the national park’s built environment.

“This will make the process of applying for planning permission more efficient for everyone.

The consultation runs for eight weeks, from this Monday until Monday, April 28.

The documents are available online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/consultations

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