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(1) Good design seeks to guide overall scale, density, massing, height, landscape, layout, materials, access and appearance of new development. It seeks not just to manage land use but support the creation of successful places and respond to the challenges of climate change. Development proposals need to have regard to the following design principles:

(a) are appropriate and sympathetic to setting in terms of scale, density, massing, height, layout appearance, fenestration, materials and relationship to buildings and landscape features in the local neighbourhood;

(b) reinforce the key characteristics and special qualities of the area in which the development is proposed;

(c) are accessible to all, flexible to adaptation and innovative;

(d) contribute positively to local distinctiveness, historic environment and sense of place;

(e) create inclusive environments that are legible, connected and facilitate the ease of movement and permeability through the site, allowing everyone to easily understand and find their way around;

(f) retain and integrate existing landscape features and biodiversity to enhance networks and promote diversity and distinctiveness of the surrounding area;

(g) provide public and private spaces that are well designed, safe, attractive and complement the built form, designed to minimise anti-social and criminal behaviour;

(h) provide safe and appropriate highway access and incorporate adequate well-integrated car parking, pedestrian and cycle routes and facilities;

(i) ensure the amenities of existing and future neighbouring occupiers are safeguarded;

(j) incorporate appropriate infrastructure to enable connection to fast ICT networks;

(k) optimise the efficient use of land, and provide well-designed adaptable street patterns and minimise functionless open spaces;

(l) create and sustain an appropriate mix of uses and support local facilities and transport networks;

(m) consider opportunities for public art; and

(n) provide effective water management including Sustainable Drainage Systems, water efficiency measures and the reuse of rainwater.

(2) All major residential proposals will be expected to be supported by a Building for Life 12 (BfL12)(117)(or successor) assessment. High quality design should be demonstrated through the minimisation of “amber” and the avoidance of “red” scores

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