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Have your say on building design advice in the Peak District National Park

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 25 February 2014

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, interest groups, statutory bodies, conservation organisations, to comment on two new design documents:

  • Alterations and Extensions is detailed design guidance for householders and developers. It sets out the Authority's approach to dealing with changes to doors, windows, rooflights and parking, as well as additions such as porches, garages and conservatories.
  • Shop Fronts is detailed design guidance for retailers, developers and designers. It sets out the approach to creating good shop fronts in the national park. This includes retail premises and also banks, building societies, betting offices, restaurants and estate agents. It 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 new development which should be sympathetic to its architectural and cultural heritage setting.

John Scott said: "If householders, retailers and developers take 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. Residents and businesses will have a better understanding of what developments and changes to buildings are acceptable.

"Ultimately we hope it will improve the quality of planning applications submitted which in turn will save people time and money."

The consultation runs for eight weeks, from Monday March 3 to Monday April 28, 2014.

The documents are available online at or can be seen at libraries and council offices in and around the national park, including Bakewell, Buxton, Chapel en le Frith, Glossop, Kirklees, Macclesfield, Matlock, and Sheffield.

This is an archived press release

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