The council is asking for help to improve planning guidance


The council are asking for residents to help improve its planning guidance and advice for home owners wishing to extend and alter their properties. 

Featured image: © Martyn Gorman


The council are updating their planning guidance on extensions and alterations to help support the many different improvements people want to make to their properties. The aim is to make guidance easier to use and to reflect changes to national planning policy.

The proposed changes include: 

  • A more positive and flexible approach to new extensions
  • Greater clarity on how to protect amenity
  • More clarity on how to avoid adverse effects on the host building and street scene
  • Clearer guidance and advice for applications within conservation areas
  • More information about sustainable building and improving biodiversity.

The closing date for the consultation is Friday 16 August. To submit your comments and take part in the consultation, please click here.

How will the guidance be used?

The council will use the comments from the consultation to shape the updated guidance. The planning service, developers and landowners will then use the updated guide to make sure extensions and alterations fit the needs and aspirations of everyone involved with good design. The updated guidance will replace the existing supplementary planning document (SPD12) and become a material consideration in planning decisions.

Although the SPD will not make new or change existing planning policies, the council will use it to help achieve those policies – for example, in building new high quality and accessible homes with usable outside space and to complement ‘place-making’ policies that aim to create attractive and successful public spaces.

The council also plans to talk to a wide range of stakeholder groups in the city to provide another opportunity for local people to inform design priorities to reflect the aspirations of different communities in the guidance.

For more information, please visit the council website or email


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