New Planning Design Guide out for consultation

Thursday 4 October 2018 New Planning Design Guide out for consultation

Ashfield District Council is seeking public feedback on a proposed new planning design guide for converting vacant shops to homes.

The guide is intended to help applicants understand where this ‘change of use’ may be appropriate and where it will not. It will also give general and detailed design advice to help achieve a quality conversion. 

The guide will highlight the issues that the Planning and Building Control teams look for when considering the application. High quality design is important as the conversion will not only impact on the quality of the street scene but could also affect the value of the property.

Residential uses are an important element of a diverse and vibrant centre, providing increased activity and customers to an area.  However, the location of such uses must be appropriately sited and designed to not impact on the street scene or create conflict between users.

Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said: “Our planning policies aim to promote the role of town centre and local shopping centres by taking a positive approach to their growth, management and adaptation.

“It is important that we consult with the public to ensure that Ashfield residents are at the heart of all of our planning decisions.”

A public consultation on the guide will take place from Friday 5th October 2018 and close at 5.00pm on Monday 19th November 2018.

A copy of the guide is available to view on the Ashfield District Council website, at four main libraries (Kirkby, Sutton, Hucknall and Selston), at the Council Offices on Urban Road, Kirkby; Brook Street, Sutton in Ashfield and; Watnall Road, Hucknall. Further information on submitting representations are also available at these locations.

Representations should preferably be submitted using the representation form, to Ashfield District Council, Forward Planning Section.

The Forward Planning Team are happy to provide further information or assistance if required on telephone number 01623 457383 or via email at