Design Supplementary Planning Document

Melton Borough Council is planning to prepare a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to provide guidance on the design of new development in the Borough of Melton.


The main purpose of the Design SPD will be to add further detail to policies in the Melton Local Plan. The Design SPD will not set or introduce new policy, it will only provide guidance on how design related policies in the Melton Local Plan should be interpreted and applied.


The Design SPD will be particularly relevant for decision makers, applicants and design professionals involved in planning applications. The guidance within the SPD may also be of interest to the local community, as the design of development can have a significant impact on how people experience the places where they live, work and visit.

Design SPD Scoping Consultation

The Council is undertaking a scoping consultation for the Design SPD. The scoping consultation is an opportunity for the local community, decision makers, applicants and design professionals to help inform the content of the Design SPD.

The Council has prepared a scoping consultation document (link below) which sets out the Council's initial views on the scope and content of the proposed Design SPD


The Council is now seeking feedback on the scoping consultation document prior to preparing a draft Design SPD for public consultation.

Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Statement Consultation

Alongside the scoping consultation the Council is also consulting on a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening statement (The draft regulation 9(3) statement). 

The purpose of the SEA screening statement is to set out whether or not the Design SPD is likely to have significant effects on the environment and the screening process includes assessing the SPD against a set of criteria (as set out in Schedule 1 of the SEA Regulations). The Council welcomes any comments on the draft SEA Screening Statement (link below) during the consultation period.

Consultation Period

The Design SPD scoping and draft SEA screening statement consultations are taking place over a seven week period from Friday 7th June 2019.  This consultation has now closed.

How to Comment

The Council is encouraging people to submit their comments online, please see link below;

Alternatively you can download the response form (link here; DOCX; PDF or DOC) and return it by email or post.



Post:     Planning Policy Team - Design SPD. Melton Borough Council. Parkside. 

             Station Approach, Burton Street. Melton Mowbray. Leicestershire. LE13 1GH

Paper copies of the consultation document and copies of the comments form to take away will also be available from the Council Offices and from Melton Mowbray and Bottesford libraries during normal opening hours.

What Happens Next

The feedback from the scoping consultation will be used to help the Council develop a Draft Design SPD.  The draft Design SPD is expected to be subject to a 6 week consultation period in autumn 2019.

Further information, or advice, can be obtained by phoning 01664 502502 or by e-mailing