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Local Planning Guidance Note No.30 - Design

A Guide for Developers and Architects when Designing Residential Developments

This guidance note amplifies development plan policies on encouraging good design (in particular policies PS2 and GDP1 of the adopted Wrexham UDP) and outlines the Council's requirements for sustainable buildings. It will form a material consideration in the determination of all relevant planning applications.

Introduction

The Local Development Plan, in accordance with guidance and policy from the Welsh Assembly Government, requires sustainable building principles to be adopted in order to reduce the impact upon the natural environment and reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources.

The Guidance Note follows the general policy principles set out in Welsh Assembly Government Planning Policy Wales on Design TAN 12 (2002). It is supported by A Model Design Guide for Wales: Residential Development, March 2005, produced by the Planning Officers Society for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government. The Manual for Streets (Department of Transport March 2007) also provides guidance for people involved in the planning, design, provision and approval of new residential streets.

Well designed development and the desirable places that it creates to live, need not cost more, but could attract a higher level of market demand. A well thought out and justified design will save you time when you apply for planning permission. Early consultation with planning officers and with neighbours will help to smooth the process and avoid the unexpected. The Council offers a 'Development Team Approach' for larger proposals to help scope the issues and opportunities.

Good design is about working with all elements of the natural and built environment. To create sustainable development, design must go beyond the appearance of a scheme and include social, environmental and economic aspects of the development, its construction and its relationship to its surroundings. 'It is also about creating places we can be proud of'.

Applications of poor design or not justified in the Design and Access Statement will be refused.

A Sustainable Approach

Sustainable development is a key objective of planning. All residential schemes must be environmentally sustainable. The Council's Development Plan, in accordance with guidance and policy from the Welsh Assembly Government, requires sustainable building principles to be adopted in order to reduce the impact upon the natural environment and reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources. Sustainable development is an integral part of the design process and these aspects must be considered at the earliest stage.

In achieving an environmentally sustainable design solution it is important new development incorporates measures to ensure an efficient that use of land, energy and water; minimises waste and encourages recycling of materials; maximises least harmful forms of movement and transport and protects and enhances the natural and built environment. The design process should also ensure that development contributes to tackling the causes of climate change and is designed to meet zero carbon standards from the outset.

The Council will ensure sustainability features are incorporated into the Design Solution by the use of nationally recognised and quality assured standards. All new residential development must meet a minimum of Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes or recognised equivalent scheme and provide 10% of the future energy requirements of the building through renewable energy sources.

Adopted June 2009