The Government has published its updated National Model Design Code

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The National Model Design Code sets out clear design parameters to help local authorities and communities decide what good quality design looks like in their area taking into consideration healthier, greener and more distinctive places. At its core it states: “well-designed homes and buildings are functional, accessible, inclusive and sustainable” and, in relation to housing quality, it highlights the need to consider the needs of older and disabled adults.

The National Model Design Code is in two parts. The first sets out the coding process and the second offers more specific guidance. It also forms part of the government’s planning practice guidance (opens new window) and expands on the ten characteristics of good design set out in the National design guide (opens new window), which reflects the government’s priorities and provides a common overarching framework for design.