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Consultation on the Design Guidelines for Rutland and South Kesteven

We are undertaking public consultation on the Draft Design Guidelines for Rutland and South Kesteven

The Design Guidelines for Rutland and South Kesteven aim to help improve the quality of new build development.  They supplement the policies within the Local Plan (2020).  

We are consulting on the first draft of this document.

View the draft Design Guidelines document


The purpose of the design guidelines is to improve the quality of new build development in Rutland and South Kesteven.

Setting out our high design expectations and the steps that anyone must take when applying for planning permission, the guidance is also there to assist with the assessment of development proposals and to help inform anyone with an interest in design in the area.


The document covers all types of development, including large residential developments, commercial schemes and household extensions.

There are seven chapters and these are split into two parts. The first three chapters have been designed to help applicants understand and respond to the wider context in respect of their application with the remaining four chapters dedicated to various aspects of design.


Good design matters. It frames the places in which we live, work, socialise and do business.

It covers a broad range of issues- from tackling Climate Change to making it easier to park your car, put the bins out or walk to school.  Research has consistently shown the link between design and people’s physical and mental wellbeing.  

The document reflects our high design expectations and commitment to achieving good design standards.  These ambitions are also reflected in National planning policy and design guidance documents, such as the National Design Guide (2020).  
Rutland’s Local Plan commits to the preparation of a Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).  The Draft Design Guidelines for Rutland and South Kesteven is intended to provide additional guidance to the Local Plan and other relevant policies.  

As an SPD, these guidelines will be a material consideration when determining planning applications, meaning that they will be important and carry weight.  


This is the first draft of the document and we are seeking your views on the style, format, usability and content of the document.  As such, it’s important we find out what you think.  

By involving you in this process and considering any suggestions you may have as to how the document might be improved; we hope the final version of these guidelines will be one that works for everyone.

Please spare us a few moments to complete the survey online by 11.59pm on 12 March 2021

Complete our Design Guide Survey online

The survey is also available in both electronic and hardcopy Microsoft Word format upon request and these should be returned to: localplan@rutland.gov.uk or the address below.

Forms can also be returned to Planning Policy, Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham LE15 6HP.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging people to complete the online survey wherever possible to help limit the need to handle paper documents.

Please note, copies of all comments will be made available for the public to view, including the name of the stakeholder who submitted the representation. therefore, your response cannot be treated as confidential. However, the Council will not include any personal addresses or signatures.

If you wish to comment on the Design Guidelines for Rutland and South Kesteven, please ensure that your comments are received by the Council by 11.59pm on 12 March.

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