New development in the historic centre of Alnwick (including extensions, alterations and changes of use to existing buildings) will be supported if it adheres to the following design principles:
Footprint: expected to respect the grain of Alnwick’s historic layout and to enhance the connectivity of the town’s historic pattern of pedestrian lanes and alleyways;
Design: expected to make a positive contribution to local character and distinctiveness and help to reinforce a strong sense of place whilst not discouraging appropriate innovation;
Quality: expected to match the quality of Alnwick’s historic townscape in design, materials, detailing and finishes;
Use: expected to be appropriate to the historic area and to function well not just in the short term but over the life-time of the development;
Size and scale: expected to respond to local character and history;
Materials: expected to be sympathetic to the local materials that are traditional in the historic core;
Landscape and open space: expected to enhance local character and distinctiveness and create attractive places to live, work or visit;
Access and safety: expected to create a safe and accessible environment where crime and disorder does not undermine local quality of life and community;
Existing guidelines: development expected to be in accordance with guidelines on shop fronts, stonework, windows and colours produced by Alnwick Civic Society in association with the former Alnwick District Council.
The shop-front should be considered as part of the whole building and should be sympathetic to its character, scale and design.
The design of the shop-front should respect the character of adjacent properties.
Where one shop occupies buildings of different styles, no attempt should be made to create a single, unified shop-front.
New designs should be appropriate to the character of the area.
Existing shop-fronts of good design should be retained, and repaired only with appropriate materials.
Out of character shop-fronts should be replaced with designs and materials which respect the traditional character of the building.
Windows and doors should normally be built in timber
The colour scheme for a shop-front should be dignified and harmonious.
Traditional designs are preferred, but contemporary designs may be acceptable where they respect traditional proportions and the scale and character of the surroundings.