Design Guide and Urban design

Design Guide

Our Design Guide sets out the key principles and standards to ensure all new development is of the highest quality. It is supported by other guidance on specific areas such as:

  • Sustainable Drainage Systems
  • Local Transport Plans and Strategies
  • Landscape Character Guidance

It was adopted on 18 March 2014 as technical guidance for Development Management purposes.

The documents were formally published on 1 September 2014 after undergoing amendments in light of comments made by Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Executive and through public consultation.

It sets out the key principles and standards to ensure the delivery of high quality design in Central Bedfordshire and the Council’s expectations in relation to:

  • layout
  • street developments
  • parking provision
  • home dimensions

It is a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and should be used to guide all types of new development in Central Bedfordshire.

It is in 10 parts. One core document and 9 accompanying themed supplements.

Design Guide update

We want to hear your views on what is important in the design of new development and what requires improvement.

The existing Design Guide (2014) needs updating with the latest guidance, evidence and best practice to ensure it remains relevant.

We would like to know residents’ views and experiences of design and the Design Guide document. There is a short survey to complete, which will help us to understand the areas that should be considered and included as part of the updated Design Guide.

The survey will run from 1 March to 31 March 2022.

Once the survey has closed, responses will be analysed and used to inform the updated guidance. The draft Design Guide will then be published for public consultation later this year.

For more details, contact the Local Plan team at or call 0300 300 8307.