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Design Statements became mandatory from 1st June 2009.
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This page details documents and websites about sustainable design.

A Model Design Guide for Wales: Residential Development

We are committed to achieving good design in all development in Wales. This guide is a practical tool to help deliver this aim.  

Visit: A Model Design Guide for Wales: Residential Development (external link)

Creating Excellent Buildings

This guide is a valuable source of advice for commissioning and managing building projects. The guide is for clients and their design and construction teams. This guide is on the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment (CABE) web site. It is endorsed by the Design Commission for Wales.

Visit: Creating Excellent Buildings (external link)

Affordable Rural Housing Initiative - Creating a Sense of Place: A Design Guide

This guide deals with the appearance, construction and layout of affordable housing for villages and small towns. Welsh and UK case studies are used to show good design in practice and the wider benefits this brings.