RESIDENTIAL DESIGN AND AMENITY - POLICY: HO4 Quality of Design
The design of development should reflect and respect the character of the local built and natural environment.
The design of new dwellings should include the provision of suitable and well-designed storage space.
1. Development will be supported where it reflects local character and context, creates a strong sense of place, and includes design of an environmentally friendly nature.
i) the use and re-use of traditional materials and low ecological impact materials and techniques;
ii) is visually attractive as the result of good architecture, layout and appropriate effective landscaping, and functions well adding to the overall quality of the area, not just for the short term, but also over the lifetime of the development; and
iii) includes supporting information which clearly demonstrates how existing key features and assets of the site such as biodiversity, natural views, built structures, landmarks including mature trees, water courses and hedges are impacted by the proposal. Any negative impact on these features must be accompanied by appropriate mitigation measures.
2. Residential development will be supported where:
i) Suitable provision for general storage space is provided in all dwellings and externally accessible space provided for storing garden equipment and tools, as well as play equipment and bicycles; and
ii) Household refuse storage space is externally accessible from the front of the house and is accessible from the kitchen without having to go through a living room.