West Berkshire Council

Village, Town and Parish Design Statements (VDS)

Community-led design guidance for new development

Village, Town and Parish Design Statements (VDS) are produced by local communities. They describe the distinctive local character of an area and set out principles to guide the design of new development. 

Once adopted by the council they are used to inform and support the policies contained within the Local Plan and can be material considerations in the determination of planning applications.

We have produced a pdf icon guide for communities thinking of preparing a VDS [29kb].

Draft Newbury Town Design Statement Consultation

The local community in Newbury has carried out a refresh of the Newbury Town Design Statement, which it originally produced in 2005, and we are currently undertaking a 6 week period of public consultation on the Draft version of this document. The consultation period will run from Friday 6 October to Friday 17 November 2017.

The draft refresh of the Newbury Town Design Statement is available for comment on our consultation portal.


The following VDS have been adopted by the council:

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