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Design Guide: get involved!

How can I get involved?

Our new design guide for commercial frontages in Newport and Ryde is now out for consultation. We’d love to have your input on the guide to help us as we create the final version ready for publication in January. The guide aims to promote the conservation and restoration of high-quality commercial frontages for healthy historic high streets.

– View the draft guidance here –

– Complete the short consultation survey here to give us your feedback –

Consultation closes 7th January 2022

Many thank to those of you who have already fed in to the document, we’re looking forward to your next round of feedback

If you prefer to fill out a paper survey, please email us on [email protected], or enquire by post to Regeneration, Isle of Wight Council, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD and we will send you one. You can also send feedback directly to [email protected]  If you need to inspect a hard-copy of the guide, please contact us.

What is the design guide project?

To help improve the standards of shopfront design and maintenance of building frontages in the town centres of Ryde and Newport we have commissioned the production of a new guidance document. This will show the benefits of retaining, restoring or reinstating lost historic architectural features or achieving a high standard of shopfront design, to give building and business owners confidence in the value of investing in such work and support decision makers in requiring a high standard of works. It will give practical examples and set out required standards for high quality frontages across the two towns. It will draw on the local distinctiveness of each town centre and address how historic buildings can respond to current issues.

The guide will be a key part of our shopfront improvement initiatives in both Ryde and Newport, setting a standard for what will be acceptable for grant-supported improvements. It is anticipated it will also be adopted as a supplementary planning document (SPD) to ensure changes to frontages in the future mean the design and conservation standards our heritage town centres deserve.

Why create a design guide?

Over the years some of the changes in our town centres have had a damaging effect on the streetscape and the integrity of many of our heritage buildings. Traditional shopfronts design to be an integral part of the design of a whole building have often been removed or covered over with modern materials unsympathetic to their surroundings. Design principles have often been sacrificed for corporate standardisation, with a reduced sense of local distinctiveness. Of course there are many examples of traditional shopfronts that have been maintained and modern shopfronts that are sympathetic to the street front. The aim of the design guide is to ensure that becomes the standard. It will help inform planning decisions and will also be an integral part of delivering grant-funded shopfront improvements in both Newport and Ryde.

Where will the design guide apply?

The guide will be developed around the town centre conservation areas of Ryde and Newport, but will also have broader applicability for towns across the Island.

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