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Design Codes &

Character Appraisals

We have produced design codes, design guidance and area character appraisals for historic market towns, parishes and villages for over a decade. Our latest codes follow the principles of the national model design code but are finely tuned to fit with the LPA code to make them much easier to understand and apply. They also properly engage local communities in framing the design strategy that the code will follow. They are most often produced as part of a neighbourhood plan project to benefit from funding support.

Clients include:

Bowers Gifford & North Benfleet Parish Council, Dunham on the Hill & Hapsford Parish Council, Marlborough Town Council and

Newport Pagnell Town Council

“We are so pleased with our design code. We didn’t have a conservation area appraisal and were increasingly concerned that the general design policies of the Local Plan left too much to the discretion of the developer and LPA. We liked the ONH approach as they demystified coding for us and enabled us to put our thinking about what makes the village so special into practice.”


- Parish Chair

House in North Benfleet
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