What are the new design codes for planning applications? We explain all

Design codes for a local housing development
Design codes will now need to be implemented by local authorities due to changes to the planning system by the Levelling Up Bill (Image credit: Getty Images)

Each local council will now need to adopt a "design code" to help guide them in deciding on planning applications.

Design codes are being rolled out across council planning departments as part of the recently passed Levelling Up and Regeneration Act. They are designed to put more focus on improving the quality of building design when it comes to decisions regarding planning approvals.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.