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Landscape character and design

The Derbyshire Dales Landscape Character and Design Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) aims:

  • trees and bushesTo protect and enhance the character, appearance and features important in the landscape.
  • To provide detailed guidance on landscape issues to be considered as part of any proposal
  • To illustrate and encourage good practice
  • To encourage an integrated approach to development which includes comprehensive consideration of landscape issues
  • To help developers in their submission of planning applications.

The Supplementary Planning Document aims to complement policies NBE8 (Landscape Character) and NBE26 (Landscape Design in Association with New Development) of the Adopted Derbyshire Dales Local Plan by providing detailed guidance on how new development can meet the aims and objectives of policies.  It will also raise awareness of the design issues related to landscape character and provide an important reference point for developers on design standards ensuring that future development protects or enhances the character and local distinctiveness of the landscape.

Derbyshire Dales District Council is committed to achieving the submission of good quality landscape schemes.  The guide serves the following main purposes:

  • To expand upon Local Development Plan Policy to provide more detailed and practical design advice;
  • To inform and guide the reader on issues related to landscape character and design in the areas of:


  • Landscape Character
  • Bio-diversity
  • Landscape Designations
  • Protected Trees
  • Hedgerows and the Hedgerow Regulations
  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape Design and Development Sites
  • Landscape and Visual Impact assessment
  • Development Sites with Trees
  • Boundaries including Walls, Hedges and Fences
  • Domestic Curtilages


  • Planting in the Dark Peak
  • Planting in the White Peak
  • Planting in the Derbyshire Peak Fringe and Lower Derwent
  • Planting in the Needwood and
  • South Derbyshire Claylands
  • Planting in the Trent Valley Washlands

It promotes an approach to design based on an understanding of the qualities which contribute to landscape character, local distinctiveness and a sense of place in the Derbyshire Dales. It offers greater certainty to owners/ developers in understanding the aspirations of the District Council. It is an aid with which to assess future planning applications. The Council adopted the Supplementary Planning Document on 26th July 2007.

Related documents

Landscape Character and Design Supplementary Planning Document [PDF 2879KB]

Landscape Character and Design Scoping Report [PDF 1561KB]

Landscape Character and Design Sustainability Appraisal [PDF 403KB]

Landscape Character and Design Representation Schedule [PDF 226KB]

Landscape Character Derbyshire Dales [PDF 4196KB]

Landscape Character Plan [PDF 3992KB]