During May the Harston Neighbourhood Plan working Group met and worked out different character areas for the village, based on age, history, type of housing, etc to help with a future Design Code. On 1 June two members of HNPWG then met with 3 members of AECOM, government Technical providers, to walk around the village to help confirm the character areas and get photos, etc to help with the Design code which the AECOM produced in September 2023. The design guide supports the design policies of the Neighbourhood Plan which have responded to the Jan survey where many residents stated they wished to retain the rural character of the village and protect its heritage while allowing for varied design in different character areas.

AECOM, the government technical team have already produced Design Guide/Code for Harston which sets out principles for future development to follow, protecting and enhancing the rural character of the village.