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What is a Village Design Statement

Village design statement (VDS) is a term of English rural planning practice. A VDS is a document that describes the distinctive characteristics of the locality, and provides design guidance to influence future development and improve the qualities of the area and is a supplementary document to a Local Plan.

A Village Design Statement for Colden Common was adopted as a supplementary planning policy document in 2012.

The Parish Council has been updating the VDS and a new draft for 2021 is currently open for a (Local Plan Regulations 13 consultation).

View the statutory notice