Decision details

Approval to consult on the Small Sites Design Code Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To receive a draft Small Sites Design Code Supplementary Planning Document and approve it for public consultation.




(1)            the draft Small Sites Design Code SPD, set out in Appendix 1 to the officer report, be approved for public consultation; and.


(2)            the Interim Chief Planning Officer, following consultation with the Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Strategy, Regeneration, Partnerships and Devolution, be authorised to consider and agree any minor amendments and consultation arrangements required to finalise the document for consultation.


Reasons:  Preparation and adoption of a Small Sites Design Code SPD provided specific design guidance to assist in the determination of planning applications that fell within the definition of a small site development.  The production of a Design Code SPD will ensure general conformity with London Plan (2021) Policy H2 (small sites), and will assist applicants in bringing forward such sites, whilst meeting good design standards, which are by their nature often awkward to deliver.


The Small Sites Design Code SPD will assist in increasing housing delivery from this potential source and furthermore will assist in enabling Harrow to meet its housing targets as set out in The London Plan (2021).


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.


Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Report author: Head of Planning

Publication date: 19/11/2021

Date of decision: 18/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 18/11/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 27/11/2021

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