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Residential Design Guidance (October 2016)

  • Planning, conservation and building control

Residential Design Guidance Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) provides more detailed and locally relevant residential design guidance on issues such as local character, density, built form, car parking and amenity space standards connected with new build development. 

It provides a clear and consistent message on how we manage change within Barnet’s suburbs. The SPD also consolidates and updates the existing framework for residential design which mainly focused on improvements to the existing housing stock (Design Guidance Notes on extensions, conversions, porches, and hardstandings and vehicular crossovers).

Context to national guidance, Core Strategy, Development Management Plan

Through these changes the SPD sets out the local priorities for protecting and enhancing Barnet’s character. It provides a local reference point to the suite of national guidance on good design.

The Residential Design Guidance SPD sits beneath and implements Local Plan policies in the Core Strategy and the Development Management Policies documents, setting out borough-wide requirements and best practice planning guidance. The SPD will be used as a material consideration and help inform decision making by the planning service and planning committees.

Consultation and adoption

The Residential Design Guidance SPD was subject to consultation between July 2016 and August 2016. The Consultation Statement describes how this was conducted and the council's responses to the comments received.

In accordance with Regulations 11 and 14 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, notice is hereby given that Barnet council’s cabinet adopted the Residential Design Guidance SPD on the 5 October 2016. The Sustainable Design and Construction SPD was also adopted on the same date.


  • Planning Policy
  • Strategic Planning and Regeneration
    London Borough of Barnet
    Barnet House
    1255 High Road
    London N20 0EJ
  • Tel: 020 8359 4990
  • Email: forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk

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