The map above outlines the proposed East Boldon settlement boundary.
Policy EB2 seeks to promote sustainable development, the focus of development across the East Boldon Neighbourhood Area will be within the East Boldon Settlement Boundary, as defined on the policies map and Map 2 of Annex 3 to the Plan.
Land outside the settlement boundary lies within the Green Belt, therefore development proposals will be assessed against national Green Belt policy.
General location of new development
The development plan documents included within the South Tyneside Local Development Framework do not define specific settlement boundaries for East Boldon. The expansion of the village to the north, east and south is managed through Green Belt designation. The purpose of a settlement boundary is to manage the location of new development and protect the countryside from unsuitable development, prevent the merger of settlements and maintain their character. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) identifies that planning policies and decisions should avoid the development of isolated homes in the countryside unless specific criteria are met.
The proposed boundaries have been drawn to support the sustainable growth of the plan area. They take account of extant planning permissions and seek to establish a logical shape to the edges of the village, whilst supporting an appropriate level of development. Irregular incursions into the open countryside have been avoided and the boundary has been drawn along features which are easily identified on the ground. Further detail on the proposed settlement boundary is contained within the settlement boundary background paper.
Policy EB2 therefore seeks to focus development within the East Boldon settlement boundary. It also describes when development outside the settlement boundary may be appropriate. This policy will support the delivery plan objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8.