Draft Shopfront Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - July 2019

Draft North Somerset Council Shopfront Design Guide - July 2019

Key Design Principles

A well-designed shopfront should be in keeping with the appropriate historical style and character of the building which frames it, as well as the prevailing historical character of the area in which it is located. Alterations to existing shopfronts should improve this harmony.

Where a traditional, historic shopfront is of the same date as the parent building, retention and restoration will always be preferred to replacement. 

Six key principles:

  1. The character and significance of buildings and their surroundings should be preserved or enhanced by the implementation of well-designed shopfronts using appropriate, high-quality materials.
  2. Shopfront alterations should retain and enhance the original architectural features of a building rather than hide or detract from them. Repair rather than replace historic architectural features.
  3. Shopfront or fascia signage should not be oversized, overly assertive or brash.
  4. Alterations should seek to ensure access for all.
  5. Residential conversions of shops should seek to retain original shop front features where these are of historic interest and/or contribute to the character of the area
  6. Development within a conservation area should pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of that area. This includes the Great Weston conservation area which covers much of Weston-super-Mare town centre.