Policy S1: Presumption in favour of sustainable development

When considering development proposals we will take a positive approach that reflects the presumption in favour of sustainable development contained in the National Planning Policy Framework. We will work proactively with applicants jointly to find solutions that mean that proposals can be approved wherever possible, and to secure development that improves the economic, social and environmental conditions in the area.
Planning applications that accord with the policies in this Local Plan (and, where relevant, with policies in adopted neighbourhood plans) will be approved without delay, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
Where there are no policies relevant to the application or relevant policies are out of date at
the time of making the decision, then the Council will grant permission unless material considerations indicate otherwise, taking into account whether:
  • 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
  • Specific policies in that Framework indicate that development should be restricted.

Response: Object

While this wording is based on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – which is binding - this policy fails to recognise that development in rural areas, with inadequate transport and other infrastructure, cannot cope with the proposed scale of development. It is unsustainable. This should represent an absolute constraint on development.

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