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Government publishes National Design Guide

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

On 1 October 2019, the government published a National Design Guide.

The guide aims to illustrate how well-designed places that are beautiful, enduring and successful can be achieved in practice.

This document is set out in four parts:

  • Part 1: outlines the purpose of the guide.
  • Part 2: sets out the ten characteristics of beautiful, enduring and successful places.
  • Part 3: will eventually consist of a National Model Design Code (this is to follow and will be the subject of consultation).
  • Part 4: provides sources of reference and good practice examples.

The focus of the design guide is on good design in the planning system and it is aimed at local planning officers, councillors, applicants and people in local communities.

The guide can be found here


Tom Warrender


Tom Warrender


Tom is a Solicitor and Partner with 15 years + experience advising clients in relation to commercial property matters. A Legal 500 recognised lawyer, Tom is a member of SHLA and CRELA, sits on our Board of Management & Heads our Social Housing Team.