Urban design

If you want to build or develop in Newham you need to follow local, London-wide and national design standards.

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​Local design guidance

Supplementary planning documents

These documents set out the standard of design for:

Conservation areas

We also have design guides for two of our conservation areas:

Parks and open spaces

There is a guide to designing small or large open spaces within developments in Newham.

Newham's Design Review Panel

Our Design Review Panel helps to improve the quality of urban design and architecture, using the borough's planning process.

London design guidance

Design guidance for London includes:

National design guides

Useful publications include:
  • By Design – a guide which offers practical advice on putting the Government's commitment to good design into practice
  • Building for Life 12 – the national standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods
  • The Urban Design Compendium – a guide to good design in towns and cities by English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation
  • Refurbishing Historic School Buildings – a guide for local councils and their contractors by English Heritage
  • English Partnerships' Parking Toolkit – a guide to well-designed parking and the part it can play in making attractive and sustainable places.
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