Village Design Statements

Phil Turner has assisted over twenty village groups in South East England, as a facilitator of public meetings and workshops at the outset of their projects.

A Village Design Statement (VDS) has the following main objectives:

  • To describe the distinctive character of the village and the surrounding countryside
  • To demonstrate how this local character can be protected and enhanced in new developments
  • To be adopted by the planning authority to supplement their Local Plan policies
  • To influence future policies when the planning authority is updating the Local Plan

Village Design Statements are non-statutory, just like Parish Appraisals / Action Plans and Rural Strategies

Supplementary Planning Guidance

Many VDSs have been adopted by local planning authorities as Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) .

That means that they supplement the statutory processes of the Development Plan (Structure Plans, Local Plans and Unitary Plans - but see box below on the Green Paper changes proposed).

Showing the vision and desires of local people, they play an important part in aiming to achieve quality of design in new development and quality of life for those who live and work in the countryside - shaping villages in a sustainable way.


© Phil Turner, revised 2002


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