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The quality of our surroundings is recognised as a vital factor in promoting public health and well being as well as attracting businesses, employers and tourists. Good design is concerned with the design of buildings and the spaces between them.
The planning service will assess the design of all applications for planning permission.
For individual houses and house extensions we will seek to ensure that new development relates well to the existing house and its neighbours in terms of:
For large developments such as new housing areas the design should follow best practice guidance and government policy as contained within 'Manual for Streets' parts 1 and 2. In summary, new housing areas should create:
St Helens Council have prepared a number of Supplementary Planning documents (SPDs) which provide guidance for improving design quality in new developments.
For any further information on design matters, please contact the Conservation and Design officer:
Pre-application discussions can help to set the principles of a large development layout prior to the detailed design phase.