Design Code

Council seeks views on design of residential spaces

Residents living in the Cotswolds are invited to help shape Cotswold District Council’s approach to the future design of new build developments.

Our Local Plan Design Code Consultation seeks to understand residents’ views on what recent housing developments got right, what could have been better, and what they most enjoy about their area. The Local Plan has been updated to make it ‘Green to the Core’, and the consultation seeks to understand whether homes and residential areas are tackling the impacts of climate change. 

Councillor Juliet Layton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulatory Services, said, “Design really matters when it comes to new developments. It isn’t just about how housing looks, but how energy efficient it is, and how it impacts on wellbeing.  

“It’s about how new developments work practically. Is there plenty of space for children to play, are there adequate places to walk and cycle, is it easy to access the services you need? These are important, practical considerations for new developments in the future. 

The consultation asks residents about all aspects of new housing, including affordability, and whether the area they live in contributes to residents’ health and well-being. It’s important that there is enough quality greenspace, and public spaces to promote health and well-being. 

Climate change has become ever more important, and the consultation focuses on updating the Code to consider whether new developments have properly considered how people can move around using other ways than driving. Energy efficiency and biodiversity also need to be given greater importance.  

Architecture and how houses are built, and look, are also important considerations along with the quality of homes and the protection of our heritage buildings.  

Residents who live in areas in the Cotswolds whose houses have been developed over the last two decades will be invited directly by post to take part. Look out for a postcard with details about how to take part. 

You can find out more about the consultation and take part at The consultation will be open until Sunday 31 March 2024. 

Contact Information

Cotswold District Council Communications Team

Notes to editors


Councillor Juliet Layton - Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulatory Services.