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Design Neighbourhood and Village Design Statements

Adoption of Neighbourhood Design Statements
The Far Headingley, Weetwood and West Park Neighbourhood Design Statement (NDS) was adopted by the Council as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on Monday 1st September 2014. 
The Oulton and Woodlesford Community Neighbourhood  Design Statement (NDS) was adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on Friday 29th August 2014.
Key Documents
Supplementary Planning Document - The Far Headingley, Weetwood and West Park and Oulton and Woodlesford Community Neighbourhood Design Statements (NDS).  
Adoption Statement - The Far Headingley, Weetwood and West Park and Oulton and Woodlesford Community Neighbourhood Design Statements (NDS).
Representations Statement - Summary of the main issues raised during the formal consultation period and how these were addressed in the SPD.
The following documents can be downloaded from the Design Neighbourhoods and Village Design Statements docs Related Page and are available for inspection at the Council's Reception in the Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds LS2 8HD (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am - 5pm, Wednesday 10am - 5pm and Friday 8.20am - 4.30pm).

General Information about design statements

Village design statements (VDS) and Neighbourhood Design Statements (NDS) are promoted by Natural England, the Countryside Agency and others, produced by local communities and supported by Leeds City Council, as a means of fostering good design, appropriate to its local context. They may also be applied to parish plans and in neighbourhoods within the city’s urban boundary.
The six key aims of a village or neighbourhood design statement are:
• Enabling communities to analyse and define the value of their local environment
• Acting as a tool for assessing the local character of an area
• Assisting the City Council in steering future development to respond to and respect   that character
• Guiding smaller changes ("permitted development")
• Prompting the scope for local environmental improvements and support community initiatives
• Becoming adopted and used by the Council as a material consideration in planning matters
A range of skills are needed in their preparation, including leadership, public consultation, report writing, visual analysis, photography, plan drawing / sketching, editing and desk top publishing. 
Detailed advice and existing Village and Neighbourhood Design Statements adopted in Leeds, together with supporting documents are available on the Design Neighbourhood Design Statements docs page on the Related Pages.

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