Village Design Statements

A Village Design Statement (VDS) looks at the village character and its surroundings, and what makes it different and special. It also gives guidance to make sure that any new development, or any other change, fits in with its local context.


Adopted VDS


The VDS is not about whether development should take place. Most importantly the VDS guidance influences all members of the community making changes to buildings and spaces.

Many of the VDS are adopted by the Council as informal guidance, but some have recently been adopted as part of the Local Development Framework. All are taken into account by planning officers when deciding planning applications.

To find out more, please see our Village Design Statement Index


You can ask for a printed copy of a Village Design Statement – please contact the Planning Design Team.