Design Supplementary Planning Document

The Design Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) will provide additional guidance on the design related policies in the Melton Local Plan.


The aim of the Design SPD is to raise the standard of design in new developments and ensure that it is locally distinctive and responds positively to its setting. It will also cover a wide range of practical design issues such as providing sufficient parking, waste and recycling facilities and as well as guidance to help developers achieve higher environmental standards, including addressing climate change and enhancing habitats and biodiversity.


To help develop the Design 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.

We are currently using feedback from these consultations to help us to develop a draft Design SPD which we plan to publish for consultation in Spring 2020.


Design SPD Scoping Consultation

The Council undertook a scoping consultation for the Design 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 

What Happens Next

The feedback from the consultation events 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 Spring 2019.

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