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Shop fronts and commercial properties design guidance

What is the Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Design Guidance?

The intention of this publication is to guide and advise shop owners, occupiers and developers on how to improve the visual quality of the shopping area of which they are part, maintain its special historic character and contribute to the long term benefit that this would bring to the local shopping centres and district as a whole.

ShopfrontsDerbyshire Dales District Council is committed to achieving a high standard of shopfront design. The guide serves the following main purposes:

  • To expand upon Local Development Plan Policy to provide more detailed and practical design advice for the alteration and replacement of shopfronts.
  • To inform the reader of:
  1. Principles of Design: Quality, relationship to the building, scale and proportion, context.
  2. Elements: stall riser, doorways or entrances, doors, glazing, roller shutters, pilasters, console brackets, fascia, cornice, canopies.
  3. Materials
  4. Paint colour
  5. Advertisements: Fascia boards, hanging or projecting signage, letter on render.
  6. Illumination
  7. Security: Lighting, alarm boxes, external roller shutters
  8. Automatic Telling Machines
  9. Disability Discrimination Act
  • To offer greater certainty to owners / developers in understanding the aspirations of the Council.
  • To be used in the determination of planning applications

The SPD will apply to that part of the Derbyshire Dales District Council Area for which it is the local planning authority, and will form part of the Derbyshire Dales Local Development Framework. The Council adopted this SPD on 4 May 2006.

Derbyshire Dales District Council carried out a six-week public consultation on proposed changes to pages 16 & 17 of the approved Supplementary Planning Document on 'Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Design Guidance approved in 2006, in respect of 'Paint Colours''. The six week consultation period ended on 25th April 2012.

The District Council formally recorded all written representations received within the specified consultation period and these were summarised, recorded and presented to Committee on 14th June 2012 as a Statement: Response to Representations. On the basis of the representations received, no further amendments were proposed to the guidance document and Committee adopted the revisions as proposed (See related documents below).

Related documents

Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Design Guidance - Adoption Statement June 2012  (PDF 7KB)

Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Design Guidance - SPD - Adopted May 2006 - Modified June 2012 Part 1 [PDF 7.59MB]

Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Design Guidance - SPD - Adopted May 2006 - Modified June 2012 Part 2 [PDF 7.39MB]

Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Design Guidance - SPD - Adopted May 2006 - Modified June 2012 Part 3 [PDF 6.91MB]

Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Design Guidance - SPD - May 2006 [PDF 3627KB]
(See updated version - June 2012)

Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Adoption Statement - May 2006 [PDF 115KB]

Shopfronts and Commercial Properties Scoping Report - Oct 2005 [PDF 290KB]

Shopfronts and Commerical Properties Sustainability Appraisal - Dec 2005 [PDF 284KB]