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Urban design

We are committed to securing good standards of design in all new developments within North West Leicestershire.

We aim to do this through:

  • Establishing local design policies through our emerging Local Plan and supporting policy documents
  • Raising design knowledge and skills within the council
  • Advising planning applicants of our design expectations and how they can achieve them
  • Determining planning applications
  • Reviewing what has been built within the district; understanding what works well and what can be done better
  • Celebrating good practice
  • Using OPUN Design Review for all major or strategic applications (fees payable by the applicant).

Consulation now open:

Good Design for North West Leicestershire Supplementary Planning Document  

We are currently welcoming comments relating to this document.

Good Design SPD - consultation (PDF Document, 8.58 Mb)

To make comments or recommendations, please submit these in writing to us either by:

Post: Chris Elston, Planning and Development, Council Offices, Whitwick Road, Coalville, LE67 3FJ.

Email: (please put the words 'Good Design SPD' in the subject line of your email).

We will consider all comments made to us that we receive before 12 December 2016, 12 noon.

If you require this document to be made available in an alternative format please email with the words 'Good Design SPD' in the title of the email.

Our design ambassadors

In 2008, we introduced our first design ambassadors to support the Council's design quality ambitions. We currently have four:

  1. Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of the Council

  2. Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration 

  3. Christine Fisher, Chief Executive

  4. Steve Bambrick, Director of Services and Deputy Chief Executive.

The ambassadors regularly visit developments in the district (a minimum of twice per year) to meet the project teams behind the schemes, to see what works well and what can be done better; and provide the Planning and Development Team objective feedback on the quality of approved developments.

Read more about some of our best developments here Ourplace Bmbb 2012 (PDF Document, 2.75 Mb).

Building for Life 12 (BfL12)

The Council uses BfL12 to determine the design quality of new residential development of ten homes or more. The Council expects developments to perform positively against BfL12 and uses the current version of BfL12 (August 2016) to support decision making and check the degree to which proposed developments meet the requirements of the scheme.

Building for Life 12 (PDF Document, 5.87 Mb)

Building for Life training

We don't offer Building for Life training for anyone other than our officers and Elected Members. OPUN, the architecture centre for the East Midlands offer training and support. Visit for details.

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