The delivery of new market and affordable housing will be supported where it is located within the settlement boundary on sites that are not allocated for other usesand it complies with the relevant policies within the development plan. In addition, as a minimum, new dwellings must be built in accordance with the Nationally Described Space Standards or equivalent successor standards.
All new development proposals for the delivery of ten or more residential dwellings or on sites of 0.5 hectares or more must be informed by a comprehensive masterplan to be prepared in consultation with the East Boldon Neighbourhood Forum and the local community.
As a minimum the masterplan must include details of:
- The phasing of the proposed development;
- Housing mix and how this meets identified local needs as identified by an up to date housing needs assessment;
- How the development makes the best and most efficient use of land and buildings;
- The density of the development, illustrating how this reflects surrounding development;
- Design considerations, to ensure the development demonstrates high quality design, reflecting the character of its immediate surroundings and reflecting the principles set out within the East Boldon Design Code;
- Compliance with Building for a Healthy Life, or successor documents;
- Parking provision, ensuring this does not exacerbate current parking issues in the wider area;
- Highways access to the site and the impact of the proposals on the highway network;
- Pedestrian linkages through the site, including how opportunities for sustainable travel will be embedded within the development;
- A landscape framework for the site, addressing matters such as green infrastructure, open spaces and relationship with the Green Belt beyond the site;
- How flooding and drainage considerations have informed the overall site design;
- Opportunities to enhance biodiversity; and
- Any mitigation measures required as a result of the development.