Comment ID 2218
Document Section Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Environmental Quality Design/General Development Design/General Development Policy EQ2 View all on this section
Respondent John T Cullen View all by this respondent
Agent CSJ Brooke Smith Ltd (K Price)
Response Date 10 Aug 2012
Do you consider the DPD is Legally Compliant?
Do you consider the DPD is Sound?
If you have responded that the DPD is unsound, Do you consider the DPD is unsound because it is:

Design/General Development

2.47 Policy EQ2: General Development states that:

“Development will be designed to achieve a high quality, which promotes South Somerset’s local distinctiveness and preserves or enhances the character and appearance of the district.

Development proposals, extensions and alterations to existing buildings, structures and places will be considered against:

  • Sustainable construction principles;
  • Creation of quality places;
  • Conserving and enhancing the landscape character of the area;
  • Reinforcing local distinctiveness and respect local character;
  • Creating safe environments addressing crime prevention and community safety;
  • Having regard to South Somerset District Council’s published Development Management advice and guidance; and
  • Making efficient use of land whilst having regard to: Housing demand and need; Infrastructure and service availability; Accessibility; Local area character; Site specific considerations

Innovative designs delivering low energy usage and/or wastage will be encouraged.

  • Developers must not risk the integrity of internationally, nationally or locally designated wildlife and landscape sites;
  • Development Proposals should protect the residential amenity of neighbouring properties; and
  • New dwelling should provide acceptable residential amenity space in accordance with Policy HW1.

2.48 Whilst the client agrees with the principle of the policy, it is contended that the rationale set out within this policy is not consistently adhered to through the Proposed Submission Local Plan, in particular the density of residential development proposed within the Proposed Urban Extension.

What changes do you suggest to make the DPD legally compliant or sound?
If your representation is seeking a change, do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination?
If you wish to participate at the oral part of the examination, please outline why you consider this to be necessary: