Have your say on quality and standards for new developments in Rushcliffe

Last updated: 5/20/2024

Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) is preparing a new design code to set out quality and standards rules for new developments and is inviting residents, local interest groups, design professionals and developers to have their say on the next stage of the process.

The Design Code will set out the development expectations that designers, architects and developers will need to follow when bringing forward new developments in the area.

It will cover a range of topics including:

  • How new and existing developments should be connected, for example via footpaths and roads
  • The position of new buildings and their size and scale
  • The design of public space
  • Landscaping around new buildings, such as green spaces and tree planting

Earlier this year, during the first phase of the process, RBC invited residents to provide their views on Rushcliffe’s strengths, weaknesses and priorities for a draft code.

Following feedback, the Borough was divided into seven zones known as area types:

  • Urban (West Bridgford)
  • Riverside
  • Important settlements
  • Settlements (villages)
  • New neighborhoods
  • Main streets
  • Rural and agricultural land

Design objectives for each zone and an overarching design vision for the whole Borough have been developed, with the vision to design new developments to be beautiful, sustainable, of high quality and full of character for the Rushcliffe Borough.

The vision will continue to evolve and become more comprehensive in the coming months as the Design Code progresses.

Now, in phase two of the process, the authority is inviting participants to have their say on the Design Vision and design objectives for each of the Area Types.

Anyone can take part in an online survey until Sunday 30 June and share their opinion.

RBC’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing Cllr Roger Upton said: “We are now in the second phase of developing the Rushcliffe Design code and we have launched a consultation on the Design Vision, which will be open for six weeks.

“The code will provide the communities of Rushcliffe with greater certainty over the design of new developments, raising design standards and supporting the Council in determining planning applications.

“We want to hear from residents, local interest groups, design professionals and developers to gather diverse views on the topics, types of developments and geographical areas that the design code should focus on.

“Please take the time to complete our online consultation where you can share your views and help shape our design code for the future of design in the Borough.”

Further consultation on the Draft Design Code will take place in the autumn.