Wymondham and Edmondthorpe NDP

Policy H7

Building Design Principles

All new development proposals of one or more houses, replacement dwellings and extensions will need to satisfy the following building design principles:

  • New development should enhance and reinforce the local distinctiveness and character of the area in which it is situated, particularly within the Conservation Areas, and proposals should clearly show how the general character, scale, mass, density and layout of the site, of the building or extension fits in with the aspect of the surrounding area. Care should be taken to ensure that the development does not disrupt the visual amenities of the street scene and impact negatively on any significant wider landscape views;

  • New buildings should follow a consistent design approach in the use of materials, fenestration and the roofline to the building. Materials should be chosen to complement the design of the development and add to the quality or character of the surrounding environment and of the Conservation Areas;

  • Adequate off-road parking should be provided as a minimum of two car parking spaces for dwellings of three bedrooms or less and three spaces for dwellings of four bedrooms or more, in line with Highways Authority requirements;

  • 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;

  • Redevelopment, alteration or extension of historic farmsteads and agricultural buildings within the Parish should be sensitive to their distinctive character, materials and form;

  • Proposals should minimise the impact on general amenity and give careful consideration to noise, odour and light. Light pollution should be minimised wherever possible and security lighting should be appropriate, unobtrusive and energy efficient;

  • Development should be enhanced by biodiversity and relate well to the topography of the area, with existing trees and hedges preserved whenever possible;

  • Where possible, enclosure of plots should be of native hedging, wooden fencing, or stone/brick wall of rural design. Any enclosures that are necessarily removed through the development process should be reinstated in keeping with the original;

  • Development of schemes of 10 dwellings or over should incorporate sustainable drainage systems with maintenance regimes to minimise vulnerability to flooding and climate change; all residential developments should ensure appropriate provision for the storage of waste and recyclable materials; and

  • Development should be of a similar density to properties in the immediate surrounding area.