Interim Policy Guidance has been adopted by the Council to be used for Development Management purposes in the determination of applications for Planning Permission. The guidance note sets out the criteria by which applications for new small-scale housing development in larger villages but outside of defined development limits or in smaller villages without defined development limits will be considered.
The guidance has been produced to align the Councils Local Development Framework (LDF) Core Policy CP4 and with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which was introduced in 2012. The guidance has been informed through consultation with Parish Councils and interested parties. As part of this work, the Settlement Hierarchy has also been revised. The Settlement Hierarchy categorises the types of villages to which the guidance applies as either Service Villages, Secondary Villages or Other Settlements, which relates to their level of ‘sustainability’ based on service provision. The guidance recognises that smaller villages can work as ‘clusters’ and explains how these will be defined through the development process.
It is envisaged that by allowing appropriate small scale development within the smaller settlements, which is adjacent to and well related to the built form, there will be an increase in housing delivery in the District. The guidance is intended to demonstrate how the Council will consider development in and around the smaller settlements to ensure their sustainability in social, economical and environmental terms.
Interim Policy Guidance Notice documents
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