Dacorum Borough Council is one of 14 councils across England given £50,000 each to develop new design codes as part of a nationwide testing programme.
The new design codes will set out design principles for new development in Dacorum and will be expected to enhance the character of the local area and ensure future design quality.
During the six-month pilot, the council will use the National Model Design Code (NMDC) to consider new developments’ design principles.
The pilot aims to help Britain to Build Back Better, by making sure current and new residents alike benefit from beautiful homes in well-designed neighbourhoods.
The council will also be engaging with the local community during this process, giving local residents and businesses a chance to have a say about key design principles that could form the final code.
Cllr Alan Anderson, portfolio holder for planning and infrastructure at Dacorum Borough Council, said: “Irrespective of the arguments over the amount of new housing to be built in Dacorum over the next decade and beyond, we know there will be new development in the borough.
“Being part of this pilot will ensure that the character and beauty of Dacorum is retained and that our borough continues to be somewhere people can live happy, healthy and sustainable lives. It’s also a great opportunity for residents to have their say in the layout, design and appearance of buildings in their area.”
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