(1) Development of new, and expansion or rationalisation of existing tourism accommodation will be supported within the Sub-regional, Strategic, Main and Local Centres where it:
(a) improves the quality or increases the diversity of northern Devon’s tourism offer;
(b) is located and designed to protect and enhance the character and setting of the settlement; and
(c) any rationalisation would facilitate the retention or improvement of the tourism accommodation.
(2) Outside the Sub-regional, Strategic, Main and Local Centres, the development of new and the expansion or rationalisation of existing tourism accommodation will be supported where it:
(a) is related directly to and compatible in scale with an existing tourism, visitor or leisure attraction; or
(b) reuses or converts existing buildings; or
(c) improves facilities for or diversifies the range or improves the quality of existing tourism accommodation;
and in all cases:
(d) the scale and character of the proposal is appropriate to the size of the existing settlement or tourism attraction;
(e) the local road network can accommodate the type and scale of traffic to be generated and the safety of public highway users is maintained;
(f) is designed to respect and enhance the key characteristics of the relevant landscape character types;
(g) identified environmental and heritage assets are not subject to significant harm, are conserved or enhanced, with particular respect to the setting and special qualities of nationally important landscapes, the Undeveloped Coast, biodiversity and heritage designations; and
(h) protects and enhances the setting and special qualities of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides an overall environmental enhancement when assessed throughout a year.
(3) Applications for the removal of occupancy conditions on holiday accommodation will only be permitted where:
(a) it is capable of being occupied permanently without need for major extension or alteration; and
(b) there is compelling evidence to demonstrate that such a restriction is no longer justified.