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Urban and rural design

Urban design is a collective term for the design of places both urban and rural in nature.

Good urban design considers how places function and not just how they look and seeks to ensure that successful places are delivered and maintained for the benefit of all.

This involves considering a range of factors including the relationship between spaces, the movement within these and the physical form of buildings, streets and neighbourhoods in both urban and rural settings. It also considers the connection between nature and the built environment. In doing so it brings together a variety of subjects relating to the built environment and good urban design brings can bring many benefits - economic, environmental and social - including public health benefits.

Above all, good design is about people's needs. It is about the creation of safe and attractive buildings and spaces which perform efficiently, are easy to access and which meet the wider needs of the communities which they serve.

New and innovative development that draws on the rich heritage of the county and its natural beauty can help to create a unique identity for Swansea. The creation of attractive places also encourages tourism and cultural development, supports business and industry and is central to the continued regeneration of Swansea.

Design advice on strategic sites and regeneration projects

As a part of the ongoing regeneration of Swansea we work closely with our colleagues in regeneration to deliver improvements to key public areas of the city centre and other areas. The current re-visioning of the city centre strategic framework forms a significant part of this work. This document will set out the principles that will guide changes to the layout and design of the city centre in the future. The current city centre strategic framework can be found via at Swansea Central Area Regeneration Framework

Guidance on design and access statements

Most planning applications for major development (with defined exceptions) and for development in certain designated areas will require a design and access statement (DAS) to accompany the application.

The DAS gives an opportunity to explain the design approach undertaken and to show that good design objectives have been considered during the development process. This helps us and local communities to understand the details of the proposals. Further information is available on the design and access statement guidance page. 

Design guides

Design guides are being prepared on a range of topics, including household extensions, new housing layouts and tall buildings. The full list of design guides and other supplementary planning guidance (SPG) documents is available to view on the adopted SPG page.

Further useful links 

Design and access statements

The statutory requirement to submit a design and access statement (DAS) with most planning and listed building consent applications changed on 16 March 2016. This section sets out the revised requirements for when a DAS is required and what it must contain.

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