Development should conserve local distinctiveness by demonstrating high quality design which both respects existing character and responds to the distinctive character of the area, it should accord with the requirements of the East Boldon Design Code (annex 2).
Development will be supported where it:
- Maintains and where possible enhances the character of the locality, paying particular attention to the appearance, size, scale and density of the proposed development;
- Reflects the incremental and phased development of the village including its diverse range of architectural styles and avoids extensive and repetitive development proposals;
- Uses materials which complement those of adjoining and surrounding buildings;
- Conserves the significance of heritage assets and their setting;
- Takes account of the topography and natural features of the site and considers the impact of the development when viewed from surrounding areas of countryside;
- Respects established building lines and creates boundaries and roof lines that are in keeping with the street scene;
- Demonstrates a commitment to sustainable design to minimise energy use;
- Provides adequate refuse and recycling storage, which is incorporated into the scheme to minimise visual impact;
- Adopts the principles of sustainable drainage, where appropriate;
- Ensures the development will not prejudice the amenity of its future occupiers or that of adjacent properties in terms of overshadowing, loss of light, dominance, loss of privacy, noise or general disturbance;
- Provides sufficient car parking and cycle storage which is appropriately sited within the development;
- Encourages cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel;
- Ensures that lighting associated with the development will not have a significant effect on residential amenity or wildlife;
- Incorporates measures to support species and habitats;
- Will not result in unacceptable levels of noise, air or water pollution; or
- Creates a safe, accessible and well-connected environment that meets the needs of its users.
Where a design and access statement is required as part of a planning application, this must demonstrate how the proposal has responded to the above principles and the design codes as an integral part of the design process.
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