The character of Melton Borough’s landscape and countryside will be conserved and, where possible, enhanced by:
I. Ensuring new development is sensitive to its landscape setting and that it seeks, where possible, to enhance the distinctive qualities of the landscape character areas (as defined in the Landscape Character Assessment); and
II. Requiring new developments to respect existing landscape character and features. Proposals will be supported where they do not have an unacceptable adverse effect upon important landscape features including:
1. Distinctive topography;
2. Important trees, hedges and other vegetation features;
3. Important ponds, watercourses & other water areas;
4. Important views, approaches and settings.
In addition, new developments will be supported where they:
5. Do not have an unacceptable adverse effect upon an area’s sense of place and local distinctiveness; and
6. Do not have an unacceptable adverse effect upon areas of tranquility, including those benefiting from dark skies, unless proposals can demonstrate how it is intended to contribute towards minimizing light pollution.
In order to mitigate potential harm to the built form at the settlement fringe and its relationship to the landscape, proposals should have due regard to design guidance in the individual assessments of settlement fringe sensitivity in the ‘Areas of Separation, Settlement Fringe Sensitivity and Local Green Space Study’ or any subsequent evidence document.
Neighbourhood Plans will be encouraged to use evidence provided in the ‘Areas of Separation, Settlement Fringe Sensitivity and Local Green Space Study’ to inform site allocations and design guidance, to ensure that the Borough’s landscape will be conserved and where possible, enhanced.