National design guide

This guide illustrates how well-designed places that are beautiful, enduring and successful can be achieved in practice.


National design guide

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The national design guide sets out the characteristics of well-designed places and demonstrates what good design means in practice.

It forms part of the government’s collection of planning practice guidance and should be read alongside the separate planning practice guidance on design process and tools.

See also the National Model Design Code and Guidance Notes for Design Codes.

Published 1 October 2019
Last updated 30 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Amended to align with National Model Design Code and Guidance Notes for Design Codes, published separately.

  2. First published.