Village design statements (VDS) are community-led planning documents that seek to protect and enhance the visual character of a settlement. Through the VDS process, local people can set out the pattern and shape of their settlement, landmarks and special features, distinctive features in design and local materials. Village design statements do not detail the type of development that a community wants in their area, nor do they focus on specific community projects. These goals are more appropriately pursued through neighbourhood plans or parish plans, respectively.
If a community can demonstrate that their VDS is compatible with the Core Strategy and has been produced with the involvement of the community and the appropriate statutory consultees, we can adopt the VDS for planners to take into account when making decisions on planning applications.
We can provide support and feedback on draft versions and help to organise local consultations.
The design statements listed below have been adopted as planning guidance and are taken into account when we make decisions on planning applications. Please note that you should also refer to any relevant parish plan, as these often contain valuable design guidance produced by the local community and some include a village design statement section within the plan.
Please note that the downloadable documents produced before 2010 are scanned images. The original documents were not prepared electronically.
|Alveston Update 2015||November 2015|
|Alveston Update 2010||March 2010|
|Burton Dassett - Northend||January 2003|
|Cherington and Stourton||November 1999|
|Fenny Compton||September 1998|
|Great Wolford||March 2019|
|Little Compton||September 1998|
|Long Compton||September 1998|
|Long Itchington||January 2000|
|Newbold Pacey and Ashorne||September 2001|
|Salford Priors||March 2003|
* Village design statement included as part of a parish plan.
This page can be accessed quickly using the short link www.stratford.gov.uk/vds