An informative video by Planning Aid England about how to do a design and character assessment as part of your neighbourhood plan.
They discuss common themes and issues raised by neighbourhood planning groups, how the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out what design policy can and can't do, and how to reinforce local distinctiveness through your neighbourhood plan.
They also talk through how to do a character assessment: what it is, why you might produce one, how to use the information it produces and what the benefits are. This is backed up by real life examples from neighbourhood planning groups.
Find out more about SBNF's own development working group here: http://www.shorehambeachforum.com/regeneration