Views sought on new planning design guidance for Tamworth

Monday, 21st January 2019

VIEWS are being sought on a new set of design principles which have been drawn up to ensure that any new development proposed within Tamworth respects its character while improving the local area.

The draft Design Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) aims to provide greater clarity and detailed local design guidance for developers submitting future planning applications and to help inform the decision making process.

The guidance has been informed by national best practice and a character survey of Tamworth. The consultation will seek the views of the wider community to help shape the final version of the document.

It aims to ensure that any new development in the borough not only meets a national design standard, but also respects the established character and ensures new buildings and spaces positively enhance the local area through innovation and sensitivity. It will also be a reference document for architects and developers to assist the design process.

The Design SPD considers the requirements of different locations within the town and sets out guidance on elements such as materials, height of buildings, impact on views, environmental impacts, street design and parking, sustainable development and consideration for the potential different users of a scheme, including people with disabilities, children, elderly people and families. The overall aim is to secure a sustainable and inclusive environment.

There is also particular guidance for those considering retail shops in the town centre, including the town centre Conservation Area. This aims to ensure that any new shop fronts retain and restore historic features where possible.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth, said: “Our aim as a council is to improve design standards for new development within Tamworth and this document is a key part of that process.

“The Design SPD has been put together to ensure the necessary design guidance for the different areas of Tamworth can easily be found by anyone looking to develop in the borough.

“This includes commercial buildings, town centre shops, new residential estates, or simply a domestic extension. The draft document is now open for consultation and I would encourage anyone with an interest to have a look and make their views known. The feedback will help inform the final guidance that is adopted within the town.”

The Design SPD is now open for consultation until Monday, February 11. It can be viewed online at www.tamworth.gov.uk/consultation.

Hard copies are available to view at the following locations during normal opening hours:

  • Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, B79 7BZ
  • Tamworth Library, Corporation Street, Tamworth, B79 7DN
  • Wilnecote Library, Wilnecote High School, Tinkers Green Road, B77 5LF
  • Glascote Library, Caledonian, Glascote, Tamworth, B77 2ED.

Comments can be sent to the Planning Policy and Delivery Team via email at developmentplan@tamworth.gov.uk or post to Planning Policy and Delivery, Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, B79 7BZ.

Local authorities are required to adopt policies which recognise the value of well-designed buildings and places as part of the National Policy Planning Framework.