Scalford NDP

Policy H6 

Housing Design


As appropriate to their scale, nature and location in the neighbourhood area proposals for new residential development, for replacement dwellings and for alterations and extensions should comply with the following design principles:

a) Development should enhance and reinforce the local distinctiveness and character of the area in which it is situated, particularly within the Scalford Conservation Area;

b) The scale, density, height, massing, design, layout and materials of the proposal should be sympathetic to the character and appearance of the neighbouring buildings and the surrounding area. Materials should be chosen to complement the design of the development and add to the quality or character of the surrounding environment;

c) Development should respect and/or positively enhance local distinctiveness and character, including within the local street scene and in relation to wider landscape views;

d) Proposals for multiple new dwellings should include a variation of types, materials and styles to reflect existing local design diversity;

e) Development should be of a similar density to properties in the immediate surrounding area. It should not lead to an over intensive form of development, be overbearing in relation to neighbouring properties, nor lead to unacceptable overshadowing or loss of privacy;

f) All new housing should reflect the character and historic context of existing developments within the Parish. However, contemporary and innovative materials and design will be supported where positive improvement can be robustly demonstrated without detracting from the historic context;

g) Off-road parking should be provided to meet Highway Authority requirements, subject to particular site specific constraints, and be sited so as to be unobtrusive and not a dominant feature of the street scene, particularly within the Scalford Conservation Area;

h) Redevelopment, alteration or extension of agricultural buildings should be sensitive to their distinctive character, materials and form;

i) Development should not have an unacceptable impact on general amenity, noise and ambient light levels in the immediate locality. Light pollution should be minimised wherever possible and street and security lighting should be appropriate to its rural setting, unobtrusive and energy efficient;

j) the amenity of residential occupiers should not be unacceptably affected by existing nearby uses, including to the extent that the continued operation of those existing uses could be prejudiced;

k) Development should maintain and, where practicable, enhance biodiversity and relate well to the topography of the area, including existing trees and hedges;

l) Enclosure of plots should incorporate native hedging and/or fencing or walling that is appropriate to the rural surroundings of the area; and

m) The incorporation of sustainable design and construction techniques to meet high standards for energy and water efficiency, including the use of renewable and low carbon technology; and the incorporation of appropriate sustainable drainage systems.