Design Codes

We have been working closely with local planning authorities and central government to support them in preparing design guides and codes to deliver a framework for high quality places.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) highlights that local planning authorities should prepare design guides or codes consistent with the principles set out in the National Design Guide (   and National Model Design Code (, reflecting local character and local design preferences, providing a framework for creating high-quality places. 

We have been working with local authorities to highlight their work on emerging design codes and guides.

We are also giving local authorities access to a programme of training and support in being ready to produce or in producing design codes for their areas.