The Council is committed to raising the standard of the design
of all development within the borough The Heritage and Environment
Section actively promotes 'good' design and through the Design
Champion initiative co-ordinates efforts to raise the quality of
buildings, public spaces and the environment.
The Section is involved in the following aspects:
- The promotion and organisation of the biannual West Lancashire
Design Awards Scheme.
- The provision of specialist design advice for developers,
applicants and members of the public.
- Written design guidance.
Nominations are now being taken for the 2013 West Lancashire
Design Awards. To find out how to nominate, visit
Design Guide - Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
The Design Guide provides an overview of the design
principles and sets down the expectations the Council will employ
when considering planning applications and is to be used as an
Design and Access Statements
Statements should help provide a proper understanding of the
site, its context and its proposed development. For more
information you can download a useful CABE document:
When planning works to historic buildings or within important
historic areas, it is wise to use a qualified architect who is
sympathetic to conservation needs. The Royal Institute of British
Architects (RIBA) lists those members who are knowledgeable and
experienced in the conservation of historic buildings. Visit the
RIBA website to search for architects
based in the north-west (external link)
The Design Council
government's advisor on architecture, urban design and public
West Lancashire Borough Council supports the work of the the Design
Council and in particular the need to raise the quality of design.
The 'Building for Life 12' is an updated initiative led by the the
Design Council which aims to improve the quality of new
The newly-launched scheme is endorsed by the Government and has
been formulated in partnership with the Home Builders Federation
and Design for Homes. 'Building for Life 12' provides a vision that
all new housing development should be attractive, functionable, and
More information can be found at the
Building for Life 12 (external link) initiative.
is a programme to improve decision making and commissioning
skills, as well as provide increased awareness of high quality
design amongst clients and developers. The initiative also
offers the assistance of a Design Review panel - follow the
link to find out more.
If you would like information or advice about design, please