High Weald

The High Weald AONB Partnership, including the 15 local planning authorities, has prepared a Design Guide for new housing development in the High Weald. 

Design guideThe Guide is aimed at all those involved in housing developments within the High Weald AONB, from designers, developers and highways engineers, through to planning decision makers, so they can meet the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework for well-designed places and the conservation and enhancement of the AONB.

It gives clear, succinct, practical and consistent advice on design expectations for new housing development within the High Weald AONB. This will enable higher quality and landscape-led design that reflects intrinsic High Weald character and is embedded with a true sense of place, without stifling innovation and creativity.

The High Weald Joint Advisory Committee agreed the Design Guide on 25 November 2019 subject to editorial amends. The final version is now available to download below. 

pdf High Weald Design Guide - FINAL (6.27 MB)

The High Weald Design Guide is also available in a print-friendly format - download here.

How the Design Guide was prepared

The Design Guide was the subject of an eight-week period of formal public consultation from Wednesday 19 June until Wednesday 14 August 2019. This consultation and its outcomes are explained in the Consultation Statement.

pdf Design Guide - Consultation Statement (3.35 MB)

Background documents were also prepared in order to comply with the requirements for Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD). These enable the Local Planning Authorities to adopt the Design Guide as SPD if they so wish.

You can download the background documents here:

Should you have any queries relating to this Design Guide, please contact Claire Tester at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01424 723018.