Policy 07: Design and development

What are we trying to achieve?

We want all development to be inspired by and contribute to local distinctiveness, to be resilient to climate change and extreme weather events, and reduce carbon emissions through sustainable resource management during design and construction.

What is the issue?

We need to balance high quality and innovative design with the cultural landscape and natural environment.

We need to give consideration to national design initiatives and toolkits to enhance design, for example Building for Life, Inclusive Design, Lifetime Homes Design Guide, Building for Nature and Secured by Design.

Climate change requires a strategic response that is embedded across the range of policies within the Local Plan. This policy represents an opportunity to address carbon reduction and sustainable resource management.

Our suggested approach

We require high quality, innovative design which uses local and low carbon materials to reinforce local distinctiveness.

We are addressing climate change through requiring development to be energy and water efficient.

We are encouraging sustainable resource management.

Policy 07: Design and development

We want all development to be inspired by and contribute to local distinctiveness, to be resilient to climate change and extreme weather events, and reduce carbon emissions through sustainable resource management during design and construction.

Development must:

  • reinforce the importance of local character by having regard to scale, height, density, layout, appearance and materials;
  • create a safe living environment which ensures development is not vulnerable to crime;
  • not have an unacceptable impact on the amenity of neighbouring residents and users due to visual intrusion, overlooking, overshadowing, overbearing effect, noise, light pollution or other adverse impacts;
  • achieve the highest practical energy efficiency; and
  • include suitable accessible space for waste management facilities of a scale and type appropriate to the proposal and location. 

Development should:

  • be inspired by the natural environment and use innovative design and local materials to reflect local distinctiveness;
  • use low-embodied carbon building materials;
  • minimise water demand;
  • reuse existing buildings rather than constructing new ones;
  • be designed to be adaptable to prolong the useful life of the development;
  • use construction methods that allow disassembly rather than demolition and facilitate the reuse of materials; and
  • conserve, enhance or create new Green Infrastructure.

Have your say!

Consultation closed on 29th June. Thank you to all of those who took part. Please keep an eye on our Local Plan homepage for announcements and feedback on the consultation

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