Raising the Standard of Design
All new developments should be of high quality design. All development proposals will be assessed against all the following criteria:
a) Siting and layout must be sympathetic to the character of the area;
b) New development should meet basic urban design principles outlined in this plan and any accompanying Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD);
c) Buildings and development should be designed to reflect the wider context of the local area and respect the local vernacular without stifling innovative design;
d) Amenity of neighbours and neighbouring properties should not be compromised;
e) Appropriate provision should be made for the sustainable management of waste, including collection and storage facilities for recyclable and other waste;
f) Sustainable means of communication and transportation should be used where appropriate;
g) Development should be designed to reduce crime and the perception of crime.
h) Existing trees and hedges should be utilised, together with new landscaping, to negate the effects of development;
i) Proposals include appropriate, safe connection to the existing highway network;
j) Performs well against Building for Life 12 or any subsequent guidance and seeks to develop the principles of 'Active Design' for housing developments;
k) Makes adequate provision for car parking; and
l) Development should be managed so as to control disruption caused by construction for reasons of safeguarding and improving health well-being for all.