Practice Note

Growing Villages

How should village growth be shaped in rural areas?

Growing Villages

Rural areas, especially around high-growth towns and cities, are in high demand for housing growth. However, market-led growth can be unpopular with existing communities and there is an urgent need for a better, more considered approach.

This Practice Note discusses best practice for rural design. Drawing on research carried out as part of a year-long placement in South Cambridgeshire District Council, it shows how co-creating simple design principles together with local, rural communities can help justify and shape village growth.

Recommendations include clear steps that both planners and developers can take to raise the quality of new development in rural areas and support inclusive, sustainable growth. The Practice Note is accompanied by a series of draft Village Design Guide Supplementary Planning Documents produced through Hana Loftus’ placement in South Cambridgeshire.

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Authors: Hana Loftus
Tags: #Design, #CommunityLed, #Rural, #NeighbourhoodPlanning, #CoProduction