WAVERLEY Borough Council is seeking the public’s view on a new policy that could shape the future appearance of the high street.

The draft Shopfront Design Guide SPD promotes good design to retailers and developers who want to alter or install shopfronts and shop signage.

Waverley is proud of the borough’s heritage and is keen to retain the look and character of traditional shopfronts.

The guide will be used when determining planning permission, providing best practice examples of doorways, materials, colours, hanging signs and windows.

It will replace Waverley’s existing document which was published in the early 1980s.

Brian Adams, Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford councillor and Waverley’s portfolio holder for planning, said: “The consultation is not just aimed at developers, retailers and business owners. Waverley would like to hear from anyone who has some responsibility for the borough’s town and village centres.

“We’d like to get as many views as possible, to ensure the shopping street scene’s aesthetics are preserved and Waverley’s charm is retained for future generations.

“One of the reasons why people visit our town centres is because of their distinct character and the attractive appearance of our shop fronts is a significant part of that that character.”

The draft Shopfront Design Guide SPD is open for comment until Friday, September 11, and can be viewed online at www.waverley.gov.uk/shopfrontspd .

A printed version of the document is available at the planning reception of Waverley Borough Council, The Burys Godalming, GU7 1HR.

Responses can be sent by email to [email protected], by filling out an online survey or by post for the attention of Sarah Wells.