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Development Management: Schedule of modifications


Proposed Schedule of Modifications to the Development Management Submission Document (April 2013)

The changes below are expressed either in the conventional form of DELETED: for deletions and INSERTED: for additions of text, or by specifying the change in words in italics.

The below proposed minor amendments relate to changes to the Development Management Submission Document (April 2013).

The page numbers and paragraph numbering below refer to the Development Management Submission Document (April 2013), and do not take account of the deletion or addition of text.

Ref Page Policy/
Paragraph
Main Modifications
Housing, Character of Place and Residential Amenity

View Comments (1) MM1

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Footnote 1

Amend footnote as follows:

INSERTED:A development is considered major if 10 or more dwellings are proposed or the site area is 0.5 hectares or more.

DELETED: The Council considers major development as defined within the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Amendment) (England) Order 2006

View Comments (3) MM2

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Policy DM1

Amend text and insert new criterion below point 1 as follows:

The design of new developments should INSERTED:promote DELETED: reflect the character of the locality to ensure DELETED: a positive contributionINSERTED:that the development positively contributes to the surrounding natural and built environment and residential amenityINSERTED:, without discouraging originality, innovation and initiative.

The design and layout of proposed developmentINSERTED:s DELETED: should INSERTED:must demonstrate that DELETED: take into account the following INSERTED:have been carefully considered and addressed within the proposal:

DELETED:
  1. Accessibility, particularly alternatives to the private car;
  2. Boundary treatment and landscaping within the development;
  3. Retention of trees, woodland and other important landscape features;
  4. Car parking;
  5. Density;
  6. Local open space requirements including the provision of greenspace, play space, private and communal gardens, allotments and other types of open space, as appropriate, based on the most up-to-date Open Space Study;
  7. Impact on the natural environment including sites of nature conservation importance, and on the historic environment including Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings, archaeological sites and the wider historic landscape;
  8. Overlooking, privacy and visual amenity;
  9. Relationship to existing and nearby buildings;
  10. Scale and form;
  11. Textual Concept Statements; and
  12. Village Design Statements and Parish Plans, where applicable.
INSERTED:
  1. Accessibility, particularly promoting alternatives to the private car;
  2. Integration of existing and proposed public rights of way;
  3. Adequate boundary treatment and landscaping within the development;
  4. Retention of trees, woodland and other important landscape features in accordance with Policies DM25 and DM26;
  5. Sufficient car parking in accordance with Policy DM30;
  6. Suitable density for the locality in line with Policy DM2;
  7. Local open space requirements including the provision of greenspace, play space, private and communal gardens, allotments and other types of open space, as appropriate, based on the most up-to-date Open Space Study;
  8. Impact on the natural environment including sites of nature conservation importance, and on the historic environment including Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings, archaeological sites and the wider historic landscape;
  9. Avoiding overlooking, ensuring privacy and promoting visual amenity;
  10. A positive relationship with existing and nearby buildings in accordance with Policy DM3;
  11. A scale and form appropriate to the locality in line with Policy DM3;
  12. Compliance with textual Concept Statements; and
  13. Village Design Statements and Parish Plans, where applicable.

Design briefs for major developments must show that they consider and reflect the identity of the surrounding area, and must allow for the effective running of the Council’s waste management and recycling scheme.

Proposals should have regard to the detailed advice and guidance on the design and layout of new developments as set out in Supplementary Planning Document 2 – Housing Design, as well as to guidance in the Essex Design Guide for Residential and Mixed Use AreasINSERTED:. DELETED:, and the most up-to-date Open Space Study for open space provision

View Comments (1) MM3

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2.16

Amend paragraph as follows:

The NPPF provides guidance on the provision of high quality, sustainable housing, with a mix of housing tenures which reflects local needs, ensuring the effective use of existing housing stock, and providing enough homes in appropriate locations through the efficient and effective use of land. It gives the Local Planning Authority flexibility in setting appropriate densities to specific localities. However, it is still imperative that land contributing towards the District’s housing land supply is appropriately and efficiently utilised. INSERTED:The previously established national indicative minimum density of 30 dwellings per hectare is considered to strike a balance between ensuring the efficient use of land and respecting the character of localities. As such promoting a minimum density threshold of 30 dwellings per hectare is considered to be appropriate.

View Comments (1) MM4

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Policy DM2

Amend policy as follows:

Proposals for residential development must make efficient use of the site area in a manner that is compatible with the use, intensity, scale and character of the surrounding area, including potential impact on areas of nature conservation importance, and the size of the siteINSERTED:. The density across a site should be a minimum of 30 dwellings per hectare, unless exceptional circumstances can be satisfactorily demonstrated.

The precise density for any individual siteDELETED:, however, will be determined by its immediate context, on-site constraints, the type of development proposed and the need to provide an appropriate mix of dwellings to meet the community’s needs.

View Comments (3) MM5

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2.24

Amend paragraph as follows:

INSERTED:There is concern that the replacement of dwelling(s) with an alternative dwelling type could have a detrimental impact on the individual character of the District’s settlements. Whilst providing a mix of dwelling types within new developments is supported in the Core Strategy INSERTED:(Policy H5),DELETED: we INSERTED:the Council will seek to resist the loss of existing dwelling types, which can impact on the character of the streetsceneDELETED: in the District’s existing settlements. Therefore INSERTED:As an example, where the street scene is relatively homogenous in terms of house types and design the replacement of dwellings should usually be on a like for like basis INSERTED:to protect the local character,DELETED: as appropriate . However, if it can be demonstrated that an alternative dwelling type would be more appropriate and ensure better utilisation of a site, without creating undue residential intensification and ‘town cramming’ e.g. the replacement of one bungalow on a wide plot of land with a pair of semi-detached houses, then this may be considered acceptable INSERTED:on a case-by-case basis. DELETED: We will determine whether the loss of an existing dwelling type is appropriate and applicants should consult the Council for advice and guidance. The demolition of individual dwellings to be replaced by multiple dwellings e.g. the replacement of a bungalow with flats, is not generally supported. Resisting the intensification of smaller sites within residential areas will protect the character of existing settlements. However, limited infilling is considered acceptable, and will continue to contribute towards housing supply, provided it relates well to the existing street pattern, density and character of the locality. An appropriate level of residential intensification within town centre areas, where higher density schemes (75+ dwellings per hectare) may be appropriate will be encouraged.

No Comments MM6

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Policy DM3

Amend policy as follows:

Proposals for infilling, residential intensification or ‘backland’ development DELETED: should INSERTED:must DELETED: consider INSERTED:demonstrate that the following have been carefully considered and positively addressed:

  1. the design of the proposed development in relation to the existing street pattern and density of the locality;
  2. whether the number and type of dwellings being proposed are appropriate to the locality INSERTED:having regard to existing character;
  3. the contribution to housing need, taking into account the advice and guidance from the Council, based on the most up-to-date evidence available;
  4. an assessment of the proposal’s impact on residential amenity;
  5. avoiding a detrimental impact on landscape character or the historic environment;
  6. INSERTED:avoiding the loss of important open space which provides a community benefit and/INSERTED:or visual focus in the streetscene;
  7. INSERTED:avoiding the loss of private amenity space for neighbouring dwellings INSERTED:to ensure adequate provision as set out in Supplementary Planning Document 2: Housing Design;
  8. the adequate provision of private amenity space for the proposed dwelling as set out in Supplementary Planning Document 2: Housing Design;
  9. the availability of sufficient access to the site and adequate parking provision; and
  10. avoiding a tandem relationship between dwellingsINSERTED:, unless it can be satisfactorily demonstrated that overlooking, privacy and amenity issues can be overcome as set out in Supplementary Planning Document 2: Housing Design.

No Comments MM7

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2.32

Amend paragraph as follows:

Both market and affordable housing should aspire to meet minimum approved standards for internal floor area for habitable rooms. Each dwelling should comply with the minimum acceptable floorspace standards as defined below in Table 3INSERTED:, unless it can be clearly demonstrated that compliance with the standards would be unviable or undeliverable.

View Comments (1) MM8

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2.33

Amend paragraph as follows:

In addition to the minimum floorspace standards above, it is also important to take into account the functionality of the space within dwellings in that they are well planned and useable, particularly for habitable rooms. All habitable rooms should have a minimum floor to ceiling height of 2.5 metres6 (8.2 feet) and be of an appropriate width to accommodate their proposed uses/function. All non-habitable rooms INSERTED:over 3 square metres should be of an adequate size, height and shape, with sufficient natural lighting, and be ventilated directly by external air via a window. These standards will apply to all dwelling types, and both market and affordable housing.

No Comments MM9

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Policy DM4

Amend policy as follows:

New dwellings (both market and affordable housing) must adhere to the minimum habitable floorspace standards set out in Table 3INSERTED:, unless it can be clearly demonstrated to be unviable or undeliverable . They should have a good internal layout with reasonably sized habitable and non-habitable rooms that are well-designed, planned and useable, applying the principles of the Lifetime Homes Standard criteria, and are suitable for modern living.

No Comments MM10

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2.38

Amend paragraph as follows:

The District has three distinguishable areas which have varying sensitivity in terms of landscape character, impact on the Green Belt, nature conservation importance, and visual amenity. It is therefore considered appropriate to set out different lighting thresholds for external artificial lighting for these different areas. These different areas are referred to as environmental zones. Three distinguishable environmental zones have been identified below, based on those defined by the DELETED: Institute INSERTED:Institution of Lighting DELETED: Engineers INSERTED:Professionals9 DELETED: (with the exception of Environmental Zone 4 which encompasses town/city centres with high levels of night-time activity, and is therefore not considered to be applicable to the District) taking into account the characteristics of the District. INSERTED:However, there are a few exceptions. Table 4 does not include Environmental Zone 0 (protected areas such as IDA dark sky parks) and Environmental Zone 4 (town/city centres with high levels of night-time activity) which are not considered to be applicable to the District. Environmental Zone 1 also does not include areas of nature conservation importance as it is not considered desirable to permit lighting within such areas.

View Comments (1) MM11

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2.45

Remove paragraph:

DELETED: An appropriately detailed lighting scheme should accompany all full planning applications,; however, the submission of a detailed lighting scheme may not always be necessary. When submitting an outline planning application, it is considered that an appropriately detailed lighting strategy should accompany the application, where appropriate. The level of detail required should be determined in consultation with the Council’s Development Management team. It may therefore be necessary to submit a more detailed lighting scheme at a later date. However, depending on the level of detail provided within the lighting strategy, a scheme may not be considered necessary.

No Comments MM12

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2.46

Amend paragraph as follows:

Floodlighting of sports and other leisure and recreational facilities also requires careful consideration as it can be a nuisance to adjacent land users, have a detrimental impact on the countryside and can cause unnecessary glow in the night sky. Any proposal for floodlighting must demonstrate how essential it is for the associated land use and must be of a design to minimise the impact on the environment and its surroundings. Details to be submitted must be adequate to enable the assessment of the effect of the lighting and the appearance of the fittings. INSERTED:Sport England’s guidance ‘Artificial Sports Lighting’, or the most up-to-date available, should be referred to.

View Comments (1) MM13

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Policy DM5

Amend the policy as follows:

Applicants should take into consideration the environmental zone where a development is being proposed and the corresponding lighting thresholds as set out in Table 4.

DELETED: Applicants making an outline planning application must submit an appropriately detailed lighting strategy which is proportional to the application. This should be determined in consultation with the Council’s Development Management team. A more detailed lighting scheme should be submitted at the Reserved Matters stage when making a full planning application, as appropriate.

Proposed schemes must INSERTED:be appropriately designed and installed to minimise the impact of light pollution DELETED: demonstrate that they will not have an adverse impact in terms of light pollution on residential and commercial areas, important areas of nature conservation interest, highway safety and/or the night sky INSERTED:through avoiding unnecessary light spillage and trespass. Where an adverse impact is identified, conditions may be attached to a grant of planning permission or a S106 agreement may be sought to mitigate such impacts.

Applications for sports and other leisure and recreational facilities development involving external floodlighting will be permitted provided that the following can be demonstrated:

  1. the lighting is designed to be as directional as possible using the minimum number of lights required with the aim of reducing light pollution;
  2. a curfew time of INSERTED:no later than 10.00pm; and
  3. consideration is given to the effect of the light upon local residents, vehicle users, pedestrians, local wildlife and the night sky.

View Comments (2) MM14

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Policy DM6

Amend the policy as follows:

Where planning permission is required, proposals for the development of telecommunications networks, including the proposed equipment and associated structures INSERTED:should be avoided in sensitive locations (such as an area of nature conservation importance or the historic environment). Proposals for telecommunications development will be considered acceptable provided that:

DELETED:
  1. if located on an existing building, mast or other structure, telecommunications equipment is sited and designed to ensure that there is minimal impact to the external appearance of the structure;
  2. in exceptional circumstances, if sited in a sensitive location (such as an area of nature conservation importance or the historic environment), it has been clearly demonstrated that there are no suitable alternative sites for the development of telecommunications systems available in the locality, the development is essential, it is to the benefit of the local community and it would not have a negative impact on local landscape character. Such evidence should accompany any application made;
  3. evidence is provided along with applications which propose the siting of a new mast, to demonstrate that the possibility of erecting telecommunications equipment on existing buildings, masts or other structures has been fully explored. Where it can be proved that this is not possible, telecommunications development requiring an application for prior approval of siting and appearance will only be considered acceptable where the equipment is of a design, height, material and colour, and where appropriate is screened, so as to minimise visual intrusion. Proposals should also consider the impact on:
    1. the topography and natural vegetation;
    2. the proximity to areas of nature conservation interest or other sensitive areas;
    3. its relationship with other existing masts, structures or buildings; and
    4. its relationship to residential property, educational and healthcare facilities, employment and recreational sites.
  4. if proposing development in a sensitive location, it should be clearly demonstrated there would not be a negative impact on these areas. Such evidence should accompany any application made.
INSERTED:
  1. if located on an existing building, mast or other structure, telecommunications equipment is sited and designed to ensure that there is minimal impact to the external appearance of the structure;
  2. in exceptional circumstances, if sited in a sensitive location (such as an area of nature conservation importance or the historic environment), it has been clearly demonstrated that there are no suitable alternative sites for the development of telecommunications systems available in the locality, the development is essential, it is to the benefit of the local community, and it would not have a negative impact on the sensitive areas or local landscape character. Such evidence should accompany any application made; and
  3. evidence is provided along with applications which propose the siting of a new mast, to demonstrate that the possibility of erecting telecommunications equipment on existing buildings, masts or other structures has been fully explored. Where it can be shown that this is not possible, telecommunications development requiring an application for prior approval of siting and appearance will be considered acceptable where the equipment is of a design, height, material and colour, and where appropriate is screened, so as to minimise visual intrusion. Applicants should also consider:
    1. the potential impact of the proposal on the topography and natural vegetation;
    2. the proximity to areas of nature conservation interest or other sensitive areas and whether the proposal would have a negative impact; and
    3. the proposal’s relationship to residential property, educational and healthcare facilities, employment and recreational sites.

When considering applications for telecommunications development,DELETED: we INSERTED:the Council will take into consideration the operational requirements of telecommunications networks and the technical limitations of the technology. Additionally, arrangements will be put in place to ensure that, if such development falls into disuse, any structures are removed and the land restored to its condition before development took place or other agreed beneficial use.

View Comments (1) MM15

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2.54

Amend paragraph as follows:

The DELETED: new Local ListDELETED: , which is being reintroduced through the Core Strategy, identifies individual buildings, groups of buildings or items of street furniture which are of local historic, architectural or visual importance, are locally distinctive or are considered to be character enhancing. INSERTED:The buildings on the Local List are non-designated heritage assets.

No Comments MM16

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Policy DM7

Amend third paragraph of the policy as follows:

DELETED: Owners INSERTED:Applicants should DELETED: consider the INSERTED:demonstrate that the retention, restoration and/or replacement of INSERTED:the following have been carefully considered and addressed:

  1. Important architectural and character features such as weatherboarding, modillions, bargeboards, existing roof material, cornerstones and ridge tiles, although this is not an exhaustive list; and
  2. Original windows for example sash windows should be retained and replaced with similar windows. The use of plastic PVC windows should be avoided.

View Comments (1) MM17

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2.59

Insert new paragraph below paragraph 2.59:

INSERTED:

National policy places great weight on the conservation of heritage assets; the more important the asset, the greater the weight that should be given to its retention. Any harm to or loss of a heritage asset should be avoided, unless it can be clearly justified. Substantial harm to or loss of grade II listed assets should be exceptional, and substantial harm to or loss of designated heritage assets of the highest significance (such as grade I and II* listed assets) should be wholly exceptional.

View Comments (1) MM18

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2.62

Amend paragraph as follows:

Development in areas which are outside, but adjacent to, Conservation Areas can have an impact on the visual amenityINSERTED:, setting, character and value of those areas which are protected and so will seek to ensure that they do not have a negative impact on the Conservation Area. The impact a proposed development INSERTED:(including proposals for new buildings as well as alterations to existing buildings) may have on a Conservation Area will be determined on a site-by-site basis. INSERTED:English Heritage’s guidance on ‘The Setting of Heritage Assets’ should be taken into consideration.

View Comments (2) MM19

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Policy DM8

Amend the policy as follows:

INSERTED:

Consent for the demolition of a building in a Conservation Area will be granted where it can be clearly demonstrated that the benefits of proposed demolition outweigh the harm to the Conservation Area. In the case of nationally or locally listed buildings, appropriate weight will be given to the significance of these heritage assets based on their importance when considering applications for demolition. Any harm to, or loss of, a nationally listed building will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances.

DELETED:

Consent for the demolition of a building in a Conservation Area will only be granted in cases where all of the following criteria are met:

  1. the building to be demolished is not locally or nationally listed of no architectural or historical interest and does not make a positive contribution to the character or appearance of the Conservation Area;
  2. detailed plans for the after-use of the site have been submitted to, and approved by, the Local Planning Authority. (In cases where the after-use of the site includes development requiring planning permission, such permission must have been applied for and granted in order that the terms of this criterion be met).
DELETED:Additionally we

INSERTED:Detailed plans for the after-use of the site will be required to be in place prior to consent for the demolition of a building within the Conservation Area being granted. The Council will DELETED: require the signing of a legal agreement between Rochford District Council and the developers before INSERTED:condition any consent DELETED: permission INSERTED:for demolition DELETED: is granted, requiring INSERTED:to require that a contract for the carrying out of redevelopment works has been made and planning permission granted DELETED: INSERTED:before any demolition takes place. DELETED: the redevelopment of the site within an agreed timeframe, and no demolition may occur without a contract to redevelop the site.

View Comments (1) MM20

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Policy DM9

Amend policy as follows:

Proposals for developments which are outside, but close to the boundary of, Conservation Areas must have regard to their impact on the overall streetsceneINSERTED:, and setting of individual buildings or groups of buildings within and on the edge of the Conservation Areas.

Proposals for developments which would alter the appearance of a building should carefully consider the impact of the changes proposed on the INSERTED:setting, character and appearance of the adjacent Conservation Area. Account should be taken of all changes proposed including (but not limited to) changing building materials, altering the positioning and design of fenestration and extensions and other alterations.

The Green Belt and Countryside

No Comments MM21

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3.6

Insert following sentence below paragraph 3.6:

INSERTED:Proposals that comply with the Policies DM10 to DM23 set out within this section are not, by definition, inappropriate development.

No Comments MM22

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3.12

Amend bullet point 1 as follows:

  • land that is or has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings INSERTED:(agricultural or forestry buildings DELETED: does not INSERTED:includes glasshouses/greenhouses or other horticultural buildings);

No Comments MM23

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Policy DM10

Amend the policy as follows:

Policy DM10 – DELETED: Red INSERTED:Development of Previously Developed Land in the Green Belt

The Council will favour proposals for the redevelopment of previously developed land in the Green Belt which accord with Policy GB2 of the Core Strategy.

Proposals for the development of residential, retail and other uses not promoted by Policy GB2 of the Core Strategy, such as office, commercial, leisure, and community uses, on previously developed land that is located in the Green Belt may be appropriate if it can be demonstrated that it would constitute sustainable development INSERTED:(i.e. all of the below criteria are met).

In particular, proposed residential development of previously developed land in the Green Belt will be permitted provided that the proposal:

  1. is well related to a defined residential settlement;
  2. is well related to local services and facilities;
  3. has good connections to the strategic road network;
  4. would promote sustainable transport modes;
  5. would not have a negative impact on areas of international, European and local nature conservation importance, or the historic environment;
  6. is located within the South Essex Coastal Towns landscape character area.

Proposed retail development of previously developed land in the Green Belt will be permitted provided that:

  1. there are no suitable and available alternative sites in a town centre or edge-of- centre location;
  2. the proposed development would not undermine the function of the District’s town centres;
  3. the proposed development is well related to a defined residential settlement;
  4. the proposed development has good connections to the strategic road network;
  5. the proposed development would promote alternatives to private transport;
  6. the proposed development would not have a negative impact on areas of international, European and local nature conservation importance, or the historic environment;
  7. the proposed development is located within the South Essex Coastal Towns landscape character area.

Proposals for other uses not promoted by Policy GB2 of the Core Strategy (such as office, commercial, leisure, and community uses) will be permitted provided that:

  1. it can be demonstrated that locating the proposed development on employment land, in a town centre or edge-of-centre location would not be appropriate, viable and/or deliverable;
  2. the proposed development is well related to a defined residential settlement if appropriate having regard to the type of development proposed and potential impact on residential amenity;
  3. the proposed development has good connections to the strategic road network;
  4. the proposed development would promote sustainable transport modes;
  5. it would not have a negative impact on areas of international, European and local nature conservation importance, or the historic environment;
  6. the proposed development is located within the South Essex Coastal Towns landscape character area.

Development of previously developed land should not undermine the INSERTED:five purposeINSERTED:s of including the land within the Green Belt.

Any development which is permitted should be of a scale, design and siting such that the INSERTED:openness of the Green Belt and character of the countryside is not harmed, and nature conservation interests are protected.

No Comments MM24

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3.37

Amend paragraph as follows:

Extensions to buildings for lawfully established businesses in the Green Belt, however, may be permitted provided that there are no INSERTED:suitable and available vacant units either on the site or close to the business in question. Where there are suitable units which are available then, in the interests of preserving the openness of the Green Belt whilst supporting lawfully established businesses, an extension will not be permitted. Existing units should be utilised, as far as practicable, before extensions are permitted.

View Comments (1) MM25

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Policy DM11

Amend the policy as follows:

The Council will support existing lawfully established businesses in the Green Belt, allowing extensions to existing business premisesINSERTED:, replacement of existing business premises, and changes of use to enable diversification, where appropriate, subject to the following:

DELETED:
  1. extensions and/or changes of use relate to an existing business which is lawfully established and would not be detrimental to nature conservation interests, landscape character, the historic environment, the best and most versatile agricultural land or residential amenity;
  2. the availability of vacant units on the site/close to the business in question;
  3. where an extension is proposed it would not result in a disproportionate increase in gross floorspace over that of the original building;
  4. it can be demonstrated that the proposal is necessary for the functioning of the existing business, and the proposed development would not be better situated in a deliverable and available location elsewhere in the District;
  5. the development has been designed to minimise impact on the character, appearance and openness of the Green Belt;
  6. the scale, design and materials of the original building is respected;
  7. the development would not undermine town centre regeneration; and
  8. the type or volume of generated traffic, particularly heavy goods vehicles, would be appropriate to the rural highway network, would not have an unacceptable adverse effect on highway safety, the amenity of nearby residential occupiers or important wildlife habitats.
INSERTED:
  1. extensions and/or changes of use relate to an existing business which is lawfully established and would not be detrimental to nature conservation interests, landscape character, the historic environment, the best and most versatile agricultural land or residential amenity;
  2. the availability of suitable vacant units on the site/close to the business in question;
  3. where an extension is proposed it would not result in a disproportionate increase in gross floorspace over that of the original building;
  4. where a replacement is proposed it would not be materially larger than the one it replaces;
  5. the development has been designed to minimise impact on the character, appearance and openness of the Green Belt;
  6. the scale, design and materials of the original building is respected;
  7. the development would not undermine town centre regeneration;
  8. the type or volume of generated traffic, particularly heavy goods vehicles, would be appropriate to the rural highway network, would not have an unacceptable adverse effect on highway safety, the amenity of nearby residential occupiers or important wildlife habitats; and
  9. where the conversion of nationally or locally listed agricultural and rural buildings is proposed it should:
    1. not negatively impact on the quality of the listed structure; and
    2. not affect the integrity of the existing structure. A structural engineers report should accompany any application for conversion of a Listed Building.

Any development which is permitted should be of a scale, design and siting such that the character of the countryside is not harmed and nature conservation interests are protected.

No Comments >MM26

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3.39

Amend paragraph as follows:

Supporting rural diversification is important to ensure the prosperity of the local economy. As identified in the Core Strategy, the Council supports activities which would complement the current functioning of agricultural establishments INSERTED:through rural diversification, which includes the conversion of existing agricultural and rural buildings for small-scale B1 employment use, green tourism, conversion of farm buildings to bed and breakfasts/small-scale hotels and outdoor recreation and leisure activities INSERTED:(Core Strategy Policy GB2). Retail and residential development, however, are not INSERTED:generally considered acceptable forms of rural diversification in the Green Belt or rural areas outside the Green Belt.

View Comments (1) MM27

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3.40

Amend paragraph as follows:

The use of existing agricultural and rural buildings for bed and breakfast INSERTED:accommodation is acceptable INSERTED:in principle within the Green Belt and wider countryside because thINSERTED:is DELETED:ey can make a positive contribution to the local rural economy and support the development of local green tourism initiatives.DELETED: However, the use of existing agricultural and rural buildings for residential use is not considered appropriate, as such a use does not in itself generate economic activity within the Green Belt or wider countryside and would not make a positive contribution to the rural economy. Proposals would need to demonstrate that they have a sound financial basis, but eEven if a bed and breakfast venture becomes economically unviable, the conversion of such a use for residential purposes is not supported. Residential uses would not positively contribute to the local rural economy and green tourism, and therefore would not be considered appropriate.

View Comments (2) MM28

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DM12

Amend policy as follows:

Rural diversification will be supported so long as it involves an appropriate form of rural activity, as outlined in the Core Strategy, and having regard to the following:

DELETED:
  1. the need to ensure that the proposed use would not have an undue impact on the openness of the Green Belt, character of the countryside, nature conservation interests, the historic environment, visual amenity or residential amenity;
  2. the need to ensure that the proposed use would not introduce additional activity or traffic movements likely to materially and adversely affect the openness of the Green Belt or character of the countryside, or place unacceptable pressures on the surrounding highway network;
  3. the sensitivity of the landscape character area in which the proposal is situated to the development proposed;
  4. the impact of the proposal on the agricultural value of the land; and
  5. where rural diversification for employment opportunities is proposed, the area should have good links to the highway network particularly taking account of highway safety.
INSERTED:
  1. the need to ensure that the proposed use would not have an undue impact on the openness of the Green Belt, character of the countryside, nature conservation interests, the historic environment, visual amenity or residential amenity;
  2. the need to ensure that the proposed use would not introduce additional activity or traffic movements likely to materially and adversely affect the openness of the Green Belt or character of the countryside, or place unacceptable pressures on the surrounding highway network;
  3. the sensitivity of the landscape character area to the proposed development
  4. the impact of the proposal on the agricultural value of the land;
  5. where rural diversification for employment opportunities is proposed, the area should have good links to the highway network particularly taking account of highway safety; and
  6. where the conversion of nationally or locally listed agricultural and rural buildings is proposed it should:
    1. not negatively impact on the quality of the listed structure; and
    2. not affect the integrity of the existing structure. A structural engineers report should accompany any application for conversion of a Listed Building.

Any development which is permitted should be of a scale, design and siting such that the character of the countryside is not harmed and nature conservation interests are protected.

View Comments (2) MM29

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3.45

Amend paragraph as follows:

The Council does not wish to see listed agricultural and rural buildings (either those with Listed Building status or those locally important buildings on the Local List) such as outbuildings, barns and stables, which contribute to the heritage of the District to become neglected through a restrictive approach to their use. These buildings may be capable of serving a useful purpose in the rural environment and can contribute to the functioning of the local economy. As such, rural diversification of listed agricultural and rural buildings will be accepted, however, significant alterations will only be considered if they do not have an adverse impact on the integrity of the existing structure INSERTED:or its significance as a historic building. Supporting evidence from a structural engineer should accompany any application for the conversion of listed agricultural and rural buildings. Whilst appropriate rural diversification opportunities would be supported, the purpose of this policy is not to resurrect derelict agricultural or rural buildings, but to support rural diversification, and its ensuing economic benefits through the use of existing buildings.

View Comments (4) MM30

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Policy DM13

Amend the policy as follows:

The reuse or adaptation of existing agricultural and rural buildings will be supported provided that:

DELETED:
  1. the application relates to an existing building with a form, bulk and general design in-keeping with its surroundings;
  2. the application relates to an existing building of permanent and substantial construction;
  3. the proposed use would not introduce additional activity or traffic movements likely to materially and adversely affect the openness of the Green Belt, or place unacceptable pressures on the surrounding highway network;
  4. the proposal does not exceed the existing footprint of the original building, withthe exception of an allowance for additions that would be permitted in accordance with Policy DM11;
  5. due regard is had to residential amenity;
  6. there would be no detrimental impact on nature conservation interests;
  7. where the conversion of nationally or locally listed agricultural and rural buildings is proposed it should:
    1. not negatively impact on the quality of the listed structure; and
    2. not affect the integrity of the existing structure. A structural engineersreport should accompany any application for conversion of aListed Building.

Where conversion incorporates additions in accordance with Policy DM11, further extensions will be restricted.

The conversion of existing agricultural and rural buildings for residential uses is not supported.

INSERTED:
  1. the application relates to an existing building of permanent and substantial construction;
  2. the proposed use would not introduce additional activity or traffic movements likely to materially and adversely affect the openness of the Green Belt, or place unacceptable pressures on the surrounding highway network;
  3. the proposal does not exceed the existing footprint of the original building, with the exception of an allowance for additions that would be permitted in accordance with Policy DM11;
  4. would not have an undue impact on residential amenity;
  5. there would be no detrimental impact on nature conservation or historic environment interests;
  6. where the conversion of nationally or locally listed agricultural and rural buildings is proposed it should:
    1. not negatively impact on the quality and significance of the listed structure; and
    2. not affect the integrity of the existing structure. A structural engineers report should accompany any application for conversion of a Listed Building.
  7. The conversion of existing agricultural and rural buildings for residential uses will be permitted provided that the proposal:
    1. is well related to a defined residential settlement;
    2. is well related to local services and facilities;
    3. has good connections to the strategic road network;
    4. would promote sustainable transport modes;
    5. would not have a negative impact on areas of international, European and local nature conservation importance, or the historic environment; and
    6. is located within the South Essex Coastal Towns landscape character area.

Where conversion incorporates additions in accordance with Policy DM11, further extensions will be restricted.

Any development which is permitted should be of a scale, design and siting such that the character of the countryside is not harmed and nature conservation interests are protected.

View Comments (1) MM31

47

Policy DM14

Amend the policy as follows:

INSERTED:The Council will support proposals for green tourism, provided the proposal would not have an undue negative impact on: DELETED: Green tourism will be permitted having regard to:

DELETED:
  1. the impact on the openness of the Green Belt (if applicable) and character of the countryside;
  2. the impact on the visual amenity of the surrounding area;
  3. the impact on the amenity of local residents;
  4. the impact on important areas of nature conservation, including any potential disturbance to nearby sites recognisedfor their importance for biodiversity or geodiversity;
  5. the sensitivity of the landscape character area in which the proposal is situated to the development proposed;
  6. the impact on the historic environment through taking into consideration the sensitivity of the different Historic Environment Character Zones set out in the Rochford District Historic Environment Characterisation Project (2006);
  7. the impact of the proposal on the agricultural value of the land; and
  8. the impact of the proposal on the highway network, having regard to the likely scale of tourism that the proposal would generate.
INSERTED:
  1. the openness of the Green Belt (if applicable) and character of the countryside;
  2. the visual amenity of the surrounding area;
  3. the amenity of local residents;
  4. important areas of nature conservation, including any potential disturbance to nearby sites recognised for their importance for biodiversity or geodiversity;
  5. the landscape character area in which the proposal is situated, having regard to the area’s sensitivity to the development proposed;
  6. the historic environment, taking into consideration the sensitivity of the different Historic Environment Character Zones set out in the Rochford District Historic Environment Characterisation Project (2006);
  7. the agricultural value of the land;
  8. the highway network, having regard to the likely scale of tourism that the proposal would generate; and
  9. where the conversion of nationally or locally listed agricultural and rural buildings is proposed it should:
    1. not negatively impact on the quality of the listed structure; and
    2. not affect the integrity of the existing structure. A structural engineers report should accompany any application for conversion of a Listed Building.

Where ancillary facilities are proposed for the purposes of green tourism, it must be demonstrated that such facilities are necessary for the functioning of the activity. Existing agricultural and rural buildings should be reused and converted for the accompanying uses, wherever possible DELETED: and appropriate. Any new structures must be the minimum size, height and bulk to accommodate the proposed use. Ancillary facilities should not have an undue impact on the openness of the Green Belt or character of the countryside.

The conversion of existing agricultural and rural buildings to bed and breakfasts/small-scale hotelsINSERTED:/holiday lets will be permitted in appropriate locations provided that INSERTED:all of the above criteria are met and:DELETED: this will not result in an agglomeration of similar facilities;.

INSERTED:
  1. the application relates to an existing building of permanent and substantial construction; and
  2. the proposal does not exceed the existing footprint of the original building, with the exception of an allowance for additions that would be permitted in accordance with Policy DM11.

Any development which is permitted should be of a scale, design and siting such that the character of the countryside is not harmed and nature conservation interests are protected.

No Comments MM32

47

3.49

Amend paragraph as follows:

The NPPF (paragraph 89) considers the construction of new buildings for the provision of appropriate facilities for outdoor sport and recreation to be appropriate in the Green Belt, as long as it preserves the openness of the Green Belt and does not conflict with the purposes of including land within it. DELETED: It reasonably follows, therefore, that the change of use of land in the Green Belt for outdoor sport and recreation is appropriate. INSERTED:The NPPF (paragraph 81) also supports opportunities to enhance the beneficial use of the Green Belt, for example through providing opportunities for outdoor sport and recreation.

No Comments MM33

48

3.51

Amend paragraph as follows:

The provision of equestrian facilities is a popular form of rural diversification. Increasing demand for equestrian facilities within the District, however, reinforces the need to ensure a balanced approach through weighing the need for adequate recreational facilities for equestrian activities against the protection of the Green Belt and countryside, and wide-ranging nature conservation interests throughout the District. Equestrian development can appear as ‘creeping urbanism’, blurring the boundaries between urban areas and the open countryside. The NPPF INSERTED:(paragraph 28) sets out the government’s approach to development in rural areas. INSERTED:It supports the development and diversification of agricultural and other land-based rural businesses, and sustainable rural tourism and leisure developments that benefit businesses in rural areas, communities and visitors, and which respect the character of the countryside. DELETED: It recognises that such facilities can be integrated with current farming activities and can make an important contribution to sustaining local rural economies. The vast majority of the District’s rural areas are designated as Green Belt and, as such,INSERTED: a balance needs to be struck between supporting equestrian facilities and ensuring minimal impact on the openness of the Green Belt and character of the countryside. DELETED: advice and guidance on development in the Green Belt must also be considered.

No Comments MM34

48

3.53

Split paragraph and amend as follows:

Small-scale equestrian proposals (offering stabling for up to 10 horses) and large-scale proposals (proposing stables for 10 horses or more), where permitted, should ensure full reuse of existing agricultural and rural buildings before proposals for new development are considered. Where it is demonstrated that existing agricultural and rural buildings are inappropriate or insufficient for the purposes of the enterprise, new equestrian development may be permitted, providing it is closely located and related to existing development and not sited in remote or isolated rural locations. Isolated development can often appear intrusive in open countryside and can lead to the intensification of uses once established. As such, equestrian development may be more favourable within the South Essex Coastal Towns landscape character area.

DELETED: Furthermore, p INSERTED:P roposals should seek to minimise the impact of proposed development on the openness of the Green Belt and character of the countryside by ensuring that any new buildings are of a modest design and scale, which is appropriate and the minimum size necessary for their intended purpose. Facilities should be located within one building, if appropriate, or in close proximity to other buildings to ensure visual intrusion is minimised. The Council considers that large-scale development of stables INSERTED:and a proliferation of small-scale developments are DELETED: is inappropriate because such DELETED: an enterpriseINSERTED:s would materially affect the landscape character and the integrity of the countryside and have an undue impact on the openness of the District’s Green Belt.

No Comments MM35

48-49

3.54

Amend paragraph as follows:

It is important to ensure that the welfare of horses through the provision of equestrian facilities is balanced against the potential impact on the openness of the Green Belt and character of the countryside. Therefore any proposed stable facility will have regard to the British Horse Society Standards in terms of stable size and grazing area as set out in ‘Guidelines for the Keeping of Horses: Stable Sizes, Pasture and Fencing’12 or the most up-to-date guidance. The Society, for example recommends 0.4 hectares (approximately 1 acre) of grazing land per horse. INSERTED:However, to protect the openness of the Green Belt, proposals should not result in a proliferation of stables.

No Comments MM36

49

Policy DM15

Amend second point of the policy as follows:

  1. DELETED: proposals for equestrian establishments whether for private use or as a commercial livery will need to demonstrate that there is adequate land within the curtilage of the site to allow for the proper care of horses, including stabling, grazing and exercise, in accordance with the British Horse Society Standards or equivalent INSERTED:the maximum number of stables per hectare is related to the amount of open space. The requirement will be no more than one stable for each 0.4 hectares of site area;

No Comments MM37

51

Policy DM16

Amend first point of the policy as follows:

  1. they are proposed in an area where a deficit in supply has been identified. Alternative locations where a deficit has not been identified may be acceptable where more up-to-date evidence on supply and demand is available,INSERTED: where it would involve the replacement of a lost playing field or where it can be demonstrated that it is not feasible to share facilities or utilise other existing facilities in the locality, for example school playing fields; or where it can be demonstrated that the deficit location would not be viable to meet the teams/activities needs;

View Comments (1) MM38

53

Policy DM17

Amend criterion (ii) of the policy as follows:

  1. the proposal has been designed so as to avoid INSERTED:a negative impact on the character and appearance of the Green Belt through its scale, mass and orientation.

No Comments MM39

56

Policy DM19

Add an additional point to the policy:

INSERTED:
  1. any mobile home will be located outside Flood Zone 3, and will only be located in Flood Zone 2 where it is shown to pass the Sequential and Exception Tests and is supported by a site-specific Flood Risk Assessment.

No Comments MM40

57

Policy DM20

Amend first paragraph of the policy as follows:

Proposals for the development of basements DELETED: for new and replacement dwellings will be permitted provided that:

  1. the proposal does not exceed the footprint of the original dwelling (including the 25% above ground extension allowance for replacement dwellings in the Green Belt); and
  2. the proposal does not give rise to the formation of a self-contained unit of accommodation such as a 'granny flat'.

Any development which is permitted should be of a scale, design and siting such that the character of the countryside is not harmed and nature conservation interests are protected.

DELETED: Where a basement extension is permitted, planning permission shall be conditioned to remove permitted development rights which would allow the dwelling to be extended in order to control their scale, appearance and impact.

No Comments MM41

58

Policy DM21

Amend criterion (iii) of the policy as follows:

  1. the visual mass INSERTED:and bulk of the new dwelling should DELETED: be no greater INSERTED:not be significantly larger than that of the existing dwelling (taking into consideration any additional mass allowed for in respect of criterion (i) above). The overall height of the replacement dwelling should not exceed that of the existing dwelling, unless a modest increase in height can be justified on design or visual amenity grounds. Where the existing dwelling is a bungalow it should be replaced by a bungalow; and

No Comments MM42

59

3.80

Amend paragraph as follows:

Applications to extend domestic gardens beyond the current designation of the DELETED: residential fringe INSERTED:designated residential area will be considered and permitted only where the impact on the surrounding environment, or visual amenity (the value, attractiveness or desirability of a particular view) for neighbours or the public is minimal. The size of the proposed garden extension will also be taken into consideration. The proposed extension should not be out of proportion with the size of the existing garden, for example it should not be more than double the size of the existing garden area.

No Comments MM43

59

Policy DM22

Amend the policy as follows:

DELETED: Extensions to domestic gardens which currently reside within, or would encroach onto the designated Green Belt land, will only be permitted provided that INSERTED:Extensions to domestic gardens onto land within the Green Belt will only be permitted provided that:

  1. the proposal includes appropriate boundary treatment and would ensure a defensible and robust Green Belt boundary, for example where the extension would infill the DELETED: residential fringe INSERTED:designated residential area inline with other gardens adjacent to the dwelling;
  2. the size of the proposed garden extension is DELETED: appropriate INSERTED:not out of proportion with the size of the existing garden;
  3. the proposal would not impact on the openness or undeveloped character of the Green Belt INSERTED:through the erection of fences, additional buildings and other built structures;
  4. the proposal would not encroach on high quality agricultural land (particularly Grade 1 or 2);
  5. the proposal would not adversely impact on other areas of open space; and
  6. the proposal would not adversely impact on the conservation value or protection of natural areas of local wildlife value, or sites of national and international importance, or the historic environment.

Planning permission for a garden extension into the Green Belt will be conditioned withdrawing permitted development rights relating to the provision of buildings and other structures within the curtilage of the dwelling.

View Comments (1) MM44

60

3.85

Amend paragraph as follows:

In the case of employment operations, INSERTED:alternative uses to the existing use could have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt or character of the Conservation Area through introducing additional activity or traffic movements for example. R DELETED: r edevelopment should INSERTED:therefore retain existing uses, where appropriate, or propose alternative employment uses if the new use would complement the surrounding land uses and have a positive impact on the appearance and value of the Conservation Area.

No Comments MM45

60

Policy DM23

Amend policy as follows:

Redevelopment will be considered acceptable within Conservation Areas situated in the Green Belt, provided that:

DELETED:
  1. it will make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and will contribute to the recommendations of the relevant Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan;
  2. the use of the building to be replaced is retained or is changed to one which is more appropriate in the Green Belt;
  3. the proposal would not adversely impact areas of biodiversity and geodiversity importance; and
  4. the proposal does not undermine the purposes of including the land within the Green Belt and is such that the impact on the openness of the Green Belt has been minimised.
INSERTED:
  1. it will make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and will contribute to the recommendations of the relevant Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan;
  2. the proposal would not adversely impact areas of biodiversity and geodiversity importance; and
  3. the proposal does not undermine the purposes of including the land within the Green Belt and is such that the impact on the openness of the Green Belt has been minimised.

Any development which is permitted should be of a scale, design and siting such that the character of the countryside is not harmed and nature conservation interests are protected.

Environmental Issues

View Comments (2) MM46

63

4.3

Amend paragraph as follows:

The Council is committed to improving the biodiversity and wildlife value of the District and to protect and enhance, where appropriate, local, national and international sites of nature conservation importance, as well as the Coastal Protection Belt INSERTED:and the Greater Thames Marshes Nature Improvement Area (which encompasses much of the eastern part of the District). The importance of protecting local historical and archaeological sites is also recognised within the Core Strategy.

No Comments MM47

65

Policy DM24

The third paragraph of the policy should be amended as follows:

Permanent moorings and associated infrastructure, where permitted, should not cause disturbance or pollution to the surrounding environment, and should not adversely impact on the appearance of the local area, the objectives of the Green Belt, or the commercial or leisure use of the rivers and surroundings. INSERTED:They should only be permitted where the Local Planning Authority is satisfied that the development has a tolerable level of safety for occupants in a flood event.

View Comments (3) MM48

67

Policy DM25

Amend policy as follows:

Development should seek to conserve and enhance existing trees and woodlands, particularly Ancient Woodland. INSERTED:Development which would adversely affect, directly or indirectly, existing trees and/or woodlands will only be permitted if it can be proven that the reasons for the development outweigh the need to retain the feature and that mitigating measures can be provided for, which would reinstate the nature conservation value of the features.

Where development would result in the INSERTED:unavoidable loss or deterioration of existing trees and/or woodlands, then appropriate mitigation measures should be implemented to offset any detrimental impact through the replacement of equivalent value and/or area as appropriate. Consideration should be given to the impact on INSERTED:the landscape character INSERTED:area and the findings of the Rochford District Historic Environment Characterisation Project (2006) when considering the potential loss of trees and/or woodland, and the replacement of these.

INSERTED:Where existing trees and/or woodlands of ecological or landscape importance and should be retained, planning permission will be conditioned to ensure the retention and continued maintenance/management, where appropriate, of these features. On-site environmental enhancements including opportunities to create/enhance/restore habitats will also be sought.

New woodland creation should be sought, where appropriate. In particular this should be encouraged within:

  1. schemes for the restoration of derelict or contaminated land and sites formerly used for mineral-extraction or industry;
  2. green infrastructure projects, particularly in areas where sustainable development is promoted;
  3. planting schemes along transport corridors; and
  4. schemes to expand and link areas of native woodland taking into account the most up-to-date Rochford Biodiversity Action Plan targets.

Conditions will also be attached to planning permissions to encourage the proper management of these important trees and woodlands, where appropriate. In addition to, or instead of, the completion of a legal agreement will be required to secure the provision of a replacement trees and woodlands of equivalent value and/or area as appropriate, and to ensure the future management of these features.

View Comments (1) MM49

67

4.17

Amend paragraph as follows:

Existing landscape features such as ponds, hedgerows and tree belts have a vital role to play both in supporting local biodiversity and contributing to the quality and appearance of the local environment. INSERTED:These local landscape features may not have protection offered by national and international nature conservation designations as set out in Core Strategy Policy ENV1, but merit additional protection through the planning process. Some important hedgerowsINSERTED:, however, are DELETED: also protected by the Hedgerow Regulations18.

No Comments MM50

68

Policy DM26

Amend last three paragraphs of the policy as follows:

Development which would adversely affect, directly or indirectly, the landscape features listed above will only be permitted if it can be proven that the reasons for the development outweigh the need to retain the feature and that mitigating measures can be provided DELETED: for , which would reinstate the nature conservation value of the features.

Where a particular landscape feature is of ecological or landscape importance and should be retained, planning permission will be conditioned to ensure the retention and continued maintenance/management, where appropriate, of this landscape feature. On-site environmental enhancements including opportunities to create/enhance/restore habitatsINSERTED:, and to contribute to Water Framework Directive objectives, will also be sought.

Conditions will DELETED: also be attached to planning permissions to encourage the proper management of these important landscape features, where appropriate. In addition to, or instead of, the completion of a legal agreement will be required to secure the provision of a replacement landscape feature of equivalent value, and to ensure the future management of this feature.

View Comments (3) MM51

70

Policy DM27

Amend policy as follows:

DELETED:

Planning permission will only be granted for development provided it would not cause harm to priority species and habitats identified under Section 41 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006.

In addition to the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, proposals for development should have regard to Local Biodiversity Action Plans, including those produced at District and County level.

INSERTED:Proposals should not cause harm to priority species and habitats identified under Section 41 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006. Development will only be permitted where it can be demonstrated that the justification for the proposal clearly outweighs the need to safeguard the nature conservation value of the priority habitat, and/or the priority species or its habitat. In such cases the Local Planning Authority will impose conditions and/or seek the completion of a legal agreement in order to:

  1. secure the protection of individual members of the priority species and/or habitats;
  2. minimise the disturbance to the priority species and/or habitats; and
  3. provide adequate alternative habitats to sustain at least the current levels of population for protected species and/or provide a compensatory habitat to offset potential loss or disturbance of a priority habitat.

INSERTED:In addition to the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, proposals for development should have regard to Local Biodiversity Action Plans, including those produced at District and County level.

No Comments MM52

72

4.37

Insert footnote in the first sentence of the paragraph, as amended above, after ‘major development’:

INSERTED:A development is considered major if 10 or more dwellings are proposed or the site area is 0.5 hectares or more.

Transport

No Comments MM53

76

5.8

Insert footnote in the first sentence of the paragraph after ‘major development’:

INSERTED:A development is considered major if 10 or more dwellings are proposed or the site area is 0.5 hectares or more.

Economic Development

No Comments MM54

80

Policy DM32

Amend the first paragraph of the policy as follows:

DELETED: New and existing employment land should have a predominance of B1 (Business) and/or B2 (General Industrial) employment uses to ensure effective implementation of the employment land. New employment development will be expected to be INSERTED:predominantly B1 (Business) and/or B2 (General Industrial) employment uses. Alternative uses will be considered having regard to:

  1. the number of jobs likely to be provided;
  2. the viability of retaining B1 and B2 uses;
  3. the compatibility with existing uses;
  4. the impact on the vitality and vibrancy of the District’s town centres;
  5. the proportion of alternative uses present; and
  6. wider sustainability issues (such as available transport methods).

DELETED: New and existing e INSERTED:Employment INSERTED:development DELETED: land should be of a high qualityINSERTED:, incorporate safe and inclusive design and any associated infrastructure should be appropriately phased. Potential noise and light pollution generated by proposed uses should be adequately mitigated against.

Retail use is not normally permitted on employment land. However where the proposal passes our sequential approach to the location of retail development, then permission may be granted for businesses selling bulky goods.

No Comments MM55

81

Policy DM33

Amend the policy as follows:

Proposals for uses operating businesses from dwellings, which require planning permission, will be supported provided that the use:

DELETED:
  1. remains linked to the residential use, such that it does not become a separate commercial unit;
  2. will not have a significant adverse effect on residential amenity;
  3. will not have a detrimental effect upon the visual character of the surrounding residential area; and
  4. will not create on street parking or unacceptable highway problems.
INSERTED:
  1. remains linked to the residential use, and residential remains the primary use;
  2. will not result in a residential dwelling that fails to meet the floorspace standards set out in Policy DM4;
  3. will not have a significant adverse effect on residential amenity;
  4. will not have a detrimental effect upon the visual character of the surrounding residential area; and
  5. will not create on street parking or unacceptable highway problems.

DELETED: Where such uses are approved they will be subject to appropriate conditions, for example controlling the size and frequencies of delivery vehicles, times of deliveries, visits, etc. as well as a condition relating the use solely to the person who occupies the dwelling and undertakes the activity.

Retail and Town Centre

No Comments MM56

84

7.8

Amend paragraph as follows:

Whilst encouraging appropriate non-retail uses within the District, such as banks, building societies and restaurants, DELETED: we INSERTED:the Council will endeavour to ensure that the effect of dead frontage is minimised by requiring that such premises continue to use shop windows for display purposes. Where a non-retail use is proposed (such as A2, A3, A4, A5, sui generis or B1 uses) for ground floor locations in DELETED: core INSERTED:primary shopping frontages, DELETED: we INSERTED:the Council will have regard to the appropriateness of the use and the uses already present in the frontage. The proposal should not lead to or add to a concentration of non-retail uses in an individual frontage or parade. As a guide DELETED: there should be no more than three non-retail uses within a single frontage to create a cluster of uses. INSERTED:there should not be a cluster of any more than two immediately adjacent non-retail uses of the same Use Class. More than two Sui Generis uses adjacent to one another may not necessarily be considered a cluster, provided they are distinct and different uses.

No Comments MM57

84

Policy DM34

Amend the policy as follows:

The frontages within Rayleigh, Hockley and Rochford’s Primary Shopping Areas will comprise predominantly A1 retail use.

The change of use of shopping frontages for non-retail purposes (in particular A3 use which includes restaurants and cafes), which make a positive contribution to the vibrancy and vitality of the town centres will be permitted providing that INSERTED:the proposal would:

  1. DELETED: the proposal would not have a detrimental impact on, or undermine, the dominance of A1 use businesses within the retail centre INSERTED:not have a detrimental impact on, or undermine, the predominance of A1 uses, both within the town centre as a whole and within the primary shopping frontage;
  2. DELETED: the proposal would not create a cluster of similar non-retail businesses within the locality INSERTED:not create a cluster of similar non-A1 uses of the same use class within a locality that undermines the retail character of the town centre; and
  3. DELETED: the proposal would positively contribute to the retail/non-retail offer and encourage people into the town centre INSERTED:entail the provision of a non-A1 use which is considered to positively contribute to the overall offer and encourage people into the town centre.

No Comments MM58

85

Policy DM35

Amend the policy as follows:

DELETED: We INSERTED:The Council will permit the use of the upper floors of shops and other commercial premises INSERTED:in town centres for residential purposes. DELETED: However, residential development will only be permitted where this would not result in a net loss of leisure or commercial uses within town centre locations. Permission will be granted, where appropriate, to ensure that accommodation is self-contained and suitably located with separate access from the street and that such accommodation provides a satisfactory standard of residential convenience and amenity.

Where an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) is designated, residential conversion of upper floor town centre locations will be restricted until the applicable air quality target is achieved.

No Comments MM59

86

DM36

Amend the policy as follows:

DELETED: We INSERTED:The Council will seek to ensure that retail premises in villages and neighbourhood shopping areas outside town centres are retained.

The change of use of the ground floor of existing retail premises to non-retail use outside town centres will be permitted providing that the following conditions are met:

  1. the loss of the retail unit is justified because the unit is vacant or that an A1 retail use is not financially viable. In either case, applicants should be able to demonstrate that all reasonable attempts have been made to sell or let the premises for retail use, but without success;
  2. the proposed use would serve the day-to-day needs of local residents;
  3. the proposed use would not reduce the quality of life of residents living in the immediate vicinity of the premises, as a result of noise, on-street parking, disturbance, cooking smells, litter or other factors;
  4. the proposal would not result in the removal of any independent means of accessing the upper floor(s) of the premises or otherwise prevent an effective use being made of the upper floor(s); and
  5. where the proposal relates to premises with an existing shopfront, the shop window would continue to be used for display purposes.

The conversion of retail uses to residential is generally not supported.

The change of use of existing non-retail units within villages and neighbourhood shopping areas (such as offices, hair dressers, takeaways and pubs), to residential use may be considered favourably DELETED: (except if within the Green Belt) if it can be demonstrated that the loss of the existing use is justified because the unit is vacant, or the use is not financially viable. INSERTED:Proposals to change non-retail units in the Green Belt to residential use will be permitted provided that the proposal:

INSERTED:
  1. is well related to a defined residential settlement;
  2. is well related to local services and facilities;
  3. has good connections to the strategic road network;
  4. would promote sustainable transport modes;
  5. would not have a negative impact on areas of international, European and local nature conservation importance, or the historic environment;
  6. is located within the South Essex Coastal Towns landscape character area.

DELETED: Applicants should be able to demonstrate that all reasonable attempts have been made to sell or let the premises for an alternative non-retail use or for retail use, but without success

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