(1) When considering development proposals the Councils will take a positive approach that reflects the presumption in favour of sustainable development contained in the National Planning Policy Framework. The Councils will always work proactively with applicants and local communities to find solutions which mean that proposals can be approved wherever possible, and to secure development that improves the economic, social and environmental conditions in the area.
(2) Planning applications that accord with the policies in this Local Plan (and where relevant with policies in Neighbourhood Plans) will be approved unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
(3) Where there are no policies relevant to an application, or relevant policies are out of date at the time of making the decision, then the Councils will grant permission unless material considerations indicate otherwise, taking into account whether:
(a) any adverse impacts of granting permission would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when assessed against the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework taken as a whole; or
(b) specific policies in that Framework or guidance in the National Planning Practice Guidance indicate that development should be restricted.