Uttlesford District Council has been awarded £160,000 under the Government’s trailblazing new design programme to ensure communities across the country lead the way in shaping the design of their neighbourhoods.
Local MP Kemi Badenoch has welcomed the funding, awarded through the Design Code Pathfinder Programme, which will empower communities to have their say on the development of new homes, buildings and amenities, such as shops and workspace, in their area.
As part of the government’s plans to level up for communities across the country, 25 areas in England from Bournemouth to Carlisle, have been awarded a share of £3 million to help them set their own standards for design locally.
The codes are a collection of design-principles to help local areas deliver more beautiful and sustainable places and communities – such as specifying local building materials or deciding the layout of streets.
Commenting, Mrs Badenoch said:
“It is important that local people have the power over how their communities look, especially in towns and villages like ours which each have a unique character and identity.
“We must make sure all new developments enhance their surroundings.
“This funding, part of the Government’s Pathfinder Programme, will ensure communities visions of greener, more beautiful homes and places are standards for developers to adhere to.”