Districtwide Design Guide - Streetmaking, Parking & Placemaking

Closed 5 Feb 2021

Opened 11 Dec 2020


We are now re-consulting on the Streets, Parking and Placemaking section of the draft Design Guide for Somerset West and Taunton (SWT), excluding the Exmoor National Park (which produces its own planning documents). This re-consultation is taking place as the previous guidance for Streets, Parking and Placemaking has been significantly expanded upon following detailed discussion between SWT and Somerset County Council (SCC) as the Highway Authority.  As Somerset is currently a two tier local authority area, the SWT Design Guide sets out the principles on how the Council wants to improve design quality across the LPA area and the Highway Authority's document provides the technical detail.  The consultation on the SWT Design Guide will take place from Friday 11 December to Friday 5 February 2021.

The new section looks at street and placemaking principles, parking, materials, drainage, street trees and street furniture. It also demonstrates how these principles of highway design and layout should be applied in order to create good placemaking.

When adopted, the Design Guide will be a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and a material consideration in determining planning proposals and applications. The Design Guide will also inform emerging policies within the new joint Local Plan. Views from local communities, businesses and the development industry are therefore important in helping to shape the document for maintaining and improving the quality of design across Somerset West and Taunton.

Why your views matter

In supplementing adopted policy, the Design SPD will be used by:

  • Planning Officers to assess the design quality of development proposals when determining planning applications and offering pre-application advice;
  • Council members when assessing development proposals in advance of and at planning committee;
  • Applicants and developers when preparing their schemes.

We are, therefore, running an eight-week consultation on the new Streets, Parking and Placemaking section of the draft Design Guide to seek formal comments on this important planning guidance document.

Responses to the proposals in this consultation document will inform the final version of the SPD which is planned to be reported to the Council for
adoption in Spring 2021.



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