Consultation on the Design Guidelines for Rutland and South Kesteven 

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The Design Guidelines for Rutland and South Kesteven aim to help improve the quality of new build development.  They supplement the policies within the Local Plan (2020).  We are consulting on the first draft of this document. 


What are the Design Guidelines for Rutland and South Kesteven?

The purpose of the design guidelines is to improve the quality of new build development in South Kesteven and Rutland.

Setting out the Council's design expectations and the steps anyone wishing to apply for planning permission should take, the guidance is also there to assist with the assessment of development proposals and to help inform anyone with an interest in design in the area.

The document reflects the Council's high design expectations and commitment to achieving good design standards.  These ambitions are also reflected in National planning policy and design guidance documents, such as the National Design Guide (2020)

The South Kesteven Local Plan adopted in January 2020, commits to the preparation of a Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).  The Draft Design Guidelines for Rutland and South Kesteven is intended to provide additional guidance to the Local Plan Policy DE1 and other relevant policies. 

As an SPD, these guidelines will be a material consideration when determining planning applications, meaning that they will be important and carry weight. 


What the Design Guidelines for Rutland and South Kesteven contains.

The document covers all types of development, including large residential developments, commercial schemes and household extensions.

There are seven chapters and these are split into two parts. The first three chapters have been designed to help applicants understand and respond to the wider context in respect of their application with the remaining four chapters dedicated to various aspects of design.

The guidelines cover a broad range of issues- from tackling Climate Change to making it easy to park your car, put the bins out or walk to school. 

Good design matters as it frames the places in which we live, work, socialise and do business. Research has consistently demonstrated the link between design and people's physical and mental wellbeing. 


Key Information on this Consultation

This is the first draft of the document and we are seeking views on the style, format, usability and content of the document. 

If you wish to comment on this document, please complete the survey that can be found at the link below.The survey can also be accessed by scanning the QR code below with the camera on your smart phone.

Please see below for information on alternative formats.

Consultation period:           29th January - 12th March 2021

If you wish to comment on the Design Guidelines for Rutland and South Kesteven, please ensure that your comments are received by the Council by 11.59pm on 12th March otherwise your response may not be considered.


Click here to see the Design Guidelines


Click here to take the survey Urban Design Guide FAQ

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The survey is also available in hardcopy format upon request and if you do require a paper copy  please contact a member of the Planning Policy Team at or call 01476 406080

Hardcopy Forms should be returned via:

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Postal: Planning Policy, South Kesteven District Council, Council Offices,St Peters Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PZ

However, in light of concerns regarding Covid-19 we are encouraging people to complete the online survey wherever possible to help limit spread of the infection. 

Hardcopies of the document are not currently available at the Districts Council Offices and local libraries due to Covid-19 and will only be available for inspection online on this web page. This is in line with the guidance on reviewing and updating the Council's Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), and new legislation which has now come into force for local development documents (amending, on a temporary basis, regulations 35 and 36 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012) until 31st December 2020 (and extended to 31st December 2021). 

Please note all representations you make must be attributable to either yourself or an organisation. Unattributable comments or those made in confidence will not be accepted.  Any representation you make will be made available for public inspection.  However, in accordance with our data protection policies, any home addresses or email addresses supplied by you will be redacted, prior to publishing.

You can view SKDCs privacy notice here: