Design codes

Design code

Design codes set out clear and detailed design standards for a specific area.

They provide instructions on various aspects of development, including building forms, materials, street layouts, public spaces, and landscaping. The goal of a design code is to ensure high-quality, coherent, and context-sensitive urban development that reflects local character and meets community needs.

Design codes are used to guide developers, planners, and architects in creating proposals that align with a shared vision for the area.

By offering specific criteria and guidelines, they help streamline the planning approval process, reduce uncertainties, and promote consistency in design quality.

We have developed a design code for the Birmingham Road site in Lichfield City centre, and are working on finalising a design code for the wider district.