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We've got designs on high standards

The Staffordshire Moorlands is noted for its special nature and unique characteristics - and new planning guidelines have been produced to help ensure it stays that way.

The Staffordshire Moorlands Design Guide, produced by the District Council, is aimed at helping applicants, agents and residents with development projects to raise design standards.

The guidance sets out to define what makes traditional buildings seem right in their location, proportions and detailing and will guide and promote how new development can respect the character and distinctiveness of the Moorlands.

The Council is now asking people for their views on the draft guidelines.

Councillor Edwin Wain, cabinet member for planning, development and property, said: "The special character of the Moorlands is defined by its heritage and its buildings and is part of what helps make the area so attractive to residents and visitors.

"This guide is aimed at helping ensure that new development respects this defining character and is intended to be a valuable document for anyone considering a building project in the district.

"We know that many people who love this area will have views on design standards and how they are applied so we are asking people for their views on the draft guide."