Design Guide


At home with the past, but fit for the future - that is the dual focus of the latest Design Guide, published by the Peak District National Park Authority.

Aimed at anyone from developers to householders, the guide features 158 illustrations and gives advice on best practice, from simple house extensions and work buildings to shops and housing estates.

It covers things including:

  • Local building traditions and craftsmanship
  • The importance of access and the space around buildings
  • Blending contemporary with traditional
  • Consideration for the neighbourhood.

It also sets the tone for the way forward - encouraging:

  • Affordable housing to support communities
  • Energy, water and waste efficiency
  • Sustainable materials and re-using buildings
  • Provision for wildlife.

Design GuideThe National Park Authority has adopted the guide as a "Supplementary Planning Document". It provides a benchmark for the Authority when considering planning applications, and so applications that follow the principles set out in the guide will have a greater chance of being approved.

Complete Design Guide (6.1MB) Adobe pdf document

1. Contents and introduction (670KB) Adobe pdf document

2. The Peak tradition (775KB) Adobe pdf document

3. New development - designing in sympathy (655KB) Adobe pdf document

4. Materials (500KB) Adobe pdf document

5. Access and space between buildings (1.3MB) Adobe pdf document

6. Sustainable design (450KB) Adobe pdf document

7. Alterations and extensions (550KB) Adobe pdf document

8. Conversions (530KB) Adobe pdf document

9. Shop fronts (300KB) Adobe pdf document

10. Details (630KB) Adobe pdf document

11. External works (600KB) Adobe pdf document

12. Wildlife and protected species (170KB) Adobe pdf document

13. Appendices (270KB) Adobe pdf document

Paper copies of the Design Guide are also available priced 10.00 + 4.00 postage. You can buy the Design Guide online get in touch by phone on 01629 816200 or by email to or visit us during office hours at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1AE.

Technical and detailed guidance

Building Design Guide 1987

A detailed Design Guidance Note - aimed more at professionals - will complement the new Design Guide. Work on this is due to commence in 2010. Until then, please refer to the technical and detailed advice within the Building Design Guide (1987).

The National Park Authority has officially adopted the 1987 guide as a ?Technical Supplement?.
Download Building Design Guide (1987)
(7MB please note that this is a scanned document)Adobe pdf document

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