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Design of Development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)


In accordance with Regulation 11 and 14 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, notice is hereby given that Melton Borough Council adopted the Design of Development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on the 24th February 2022. This SPD was prepared to primarily support the implementation of Policy D1 of the Melton Local Plan.


This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sits alongside the Melton Local Plan 2011-2036 which was adopted in October 2018. The purpose of this Design of Development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is to raise the standard of design in new developments, and to ensure that it is locally distinctive and responds positively to its setting. It covers a wide range of practical design issues such as providing sufficient parking, waste and recycling facilities as well as guidance to help developers achieve higher environmental standards, including addressing climate change and enhancing habitats and biodiversity. It provides guidance to Policy D1 and the environmental policies of the Melton Local Plan and works towards achieving the Council’s corporate priority of delivering sustainable and inclusive growth in Melton (Priority 3).


The SPD can be found here:

Design of Development SPD

The Adoption Statement can be found here:

Design of Development  SPD Adoption Statement

Draft Design of Development SPD Consultation

A consultation on the Draft Design of Development SPD ran between 10th June 2021 and 22nd July 2021, this provide all stakeholders including the public an opportunity to comment on the document. The feedback received has been summarised in the document below alongside our responses. This feedback has fed into the final adopted SPD.  

Draft Design of Development SPD

Draft Design of Development SPD - Schedule of Responses

Design of Development SPD Scoping Consultation

To help develop the Design of Development SPD, we held a series of drop in community consultation events in January 2020 as well as a workshop with development professionals in December 2019. We also undertook a scoping consultation in 2019, more details about this are shown below.


The Council undertook a scoping consultation for the Design of Development SPD in June and July 2019. 

A copy of the scoping consultation document and the draft Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening statement (The draft regulation 9(3) statement) are available to view below along with the responses received to the consultation 

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

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