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12/0022/O | A mixed use development comprising: up to a total of 1,746 Class C3 residential units; up to a total of 1,190 sq.m (GEA) Flexible Class A1 (shops) and/or A2 (financial and professional services) and/or A3 (restaurants and cafes) and/or A4 (drinking establishments); up to a total of 4,462 sq.m (GEA) business space for B1(a) (offices) and/or B1(b) (research and development) and/or B1(c) (light industry); up to 500 sq.m (GEA) Class D1 for a children’s nursery; up to a total of 750 sq.m (GEA) Class D2 for community space and a management facility; up to a total of 992 sq.m (GEA) for two energy centres; associated open space, hard and soft landscaping, car parking and servicing, highways and transport works and ancillary works; with all matters reserved for future approval except for access (Outline Application). In addition to the matters set out above, full details (access, appearance, landscaping, layout, scale) in relation to the first sub-phase, being Parcel 1, located to the north and east of the site for: 459 residential units; a 365 sq.m energy centre; associated open space, hard and soft landscaping, car parking and servicing, highways and transport works and ancillary works. | Greenwich Millennium Village (Phases 3, 4 & 5), Peartree Way, Greenwich, SE10

Reference 12/0022/O
Alternative Reference Not Available
Application Received Mon 05 Dec 2011
Application Validated Mon 05 Dec 2011
Address Greenwich Millennium Village (Phases 3, 4 & 5), Peartree Way, Greenwich, SE10
Proposal A mixed use development comprising: up to a total of 1,746 Class C3 residential units; up to a total of 1,190 sq.m (GEA) Flexible Class A1 (shops) and/or A2 (financial and professional services) and/or A3 (restaurants and cafes) and/or A4 (drinking establishments); up to a total of 4,462 sq.m (GEA) business space for B1(a) (offices) and/or B1(b) (research and development) and/or B1(c) (light industry); up to 500 sq.m (GEA) Class D1 for a children’s nursery; up to a total of 750 sq.m (GEA) Class D2 for community space and a management facility; up to a total of 992 sq.m (GEA) for two energy centres; associated open space, hard and soft landscaping, car parking and servicing, highways and transport works and ancillary works; with all matters reserved for future approval except for access (Outline Application). In addition to the matters set out above, full details (access, appearance, landscaping, layout, scale) in relation to the first sub-phase, being Parcel 1, located to the north and east of the site for: 459 residential units; a 365 sq.m energy centre; associated open space, hard and soft landscaping, car parking and servicing, highways and transport works and ancillary works.
Status Decided
Decision Approve
Decision Issued Date Fri 30 Mar 2012
Appeal Decision Not Available

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Major Residential Developments When considering major residential developments the Council will seek appropriate planning obligations, including, to meet any increased local demand for health, child care, education, cultural and recreational, social, youth and religious facilities and public open space in accordance with Policy SC2.
Nursery Provision The Council will support the provision and expansion of nursery facilities in the Borough where suitable sites can be identified and standards of accommodation are satisfied. The following criteria should be met: (i) There is no detrimental effect on the amenities of neighbouring residents, particularly due to noise and disturbance; (ii) A proper sound insulation scheme is installed; (iii) The provision of internal and external usable space must satisfy the space standards guideline laid down by OFSTED; except in the case of nursery provision by the Local Education Authority where it must meet the Department for Education and Skills minimum space standards; (iv) The scale and intensity of use should be appropriate to the size of the building and should not adversely affect the character of the area; (v) Adequate access by public transport and car parking space for Health and Education professionals must be provided and a limited amount of car parking for staff would be desirable with high quality landscaping to minimise the effects of off-street car parking; (vi) Adequate access by public transport and space for parents and guardians to drop off/pick up children; (vii) A safe and secure internal and external environment for both children and staff must be provided.
Urban Design Development proposals should be of a high quality of design and will be expected to: i. Provide a positive relationship between the proposed and existing urban context by taking account of: – topography, landscape setting, ridges and natural features; – existing townscape, local landmarks, views, and skylines; – the architecture of surrounding buildings; – the quality and nature of materials, both traditional and modern; – established layout and spatial character; – the scale, height, bulk and massing of adjacent townscape; – features of architectural, historical, archaeological, biodiversity and their setting; – the effective use of land; – the potential for a mix of uses; – patterns of activity, movement and circulation; – the cultural diversity of the area. ii. Promote local distinctiveness by providing a site-specific design solution. iii. Demonstrate through proposed land uses, layout and design that the development contributes to a safe and secure environment for users and the public. (Policy D7) iv. Achieve accessible and inclusive environments for all, including disabled people. v. Integrate with existing path and circulation networks and patterns of activity. vi. Create attractive, manageable well-functioning spaces within the site. vii. Maintain adequate daylight and sunlight to adjoining buildings and land. viii. Maximise energy conservation, through effective layout, orientation, use of appropriate materials, detailing and landscape design. ix. Achieve the Building Research Establishment#s BREEAM excellent rating which addresses a wide variety of environmental issues
Ecological Factors Development proposals will be expected to take account of ecological factors as well as display a high standard of landscaping, in particular paying attention to the needs for: i. The regard for the biodiversity and geological features of the site and the surrounding area, including protected species (See Policy O22). These features should be respected and the area’s natural character enhanced. ii. A survey of flora and fauna on sites of defined ecological importance and on sites over 1 hectare to enable decisions to be made regarding their conservation. iii. An appropriate level of survey to enable decisions to be made about the existing trees on the site. Development decisions will be based on the requirement: a. To protect trees and their root systems from damage as a result of the development both during and after building operations; b. To achieve an appropriate replacement of trees taking account of size, coverage and species where it is agreed that existing trees can be felled; c. That landscaping schemes should include environmentally appropriate planting using locally native species and demonstrate appropriate irrigation plans for landscaping. d. To ensure that planting design does not impact negatively on personal safety and accessibility. iv. The retention of trees and the protection and enhancement of natural and ecological features, tree ridge lines, green corridors, wildlife habitats, boundary walls, surface materials, hedges and other features where these will contribute to the development. v. The protection and enhancement of natural river features and corridors by appropriate landscaping and design. (See Policy O21)
Safety & Security in the Environment The Council will require all development to be designed to provide and improve personal safety and security in the environment particularly for women, children, minority ethnic communities, lesbians and gay men, older people and people with disabilities. The design of new developments can contribute to personal safety by: i. Ensuring that paths, play areas and open spaces are overlooked by inhabited buildings, while maintaining the privacy of the inhabitants of these buildings; ii. Avoiding the creation of spaces with ill-defined ownership and ensuring there is a clear distinction between public and private space. Buildings and spaces around them should contribute towards developing public perception of the environment and their use of the spaces within it; iii. Ensuring the development is well integrated into the existing pattern of pedestrian and vehicular movement and extends links with existing public routes; iv. Ensuring that landscaping, planting and building does not create dark or secluded areas; and v. Ensuring that good quality lighting is provided for streets and paths; vi. Ensuring that community safety measures such as CCTV are provided where it is practical and appropriate.
Local Views Planning permission will be given for development which would not have a seriously adverse effect on the overall perspective and essential quality of the Local Views as listed below and as identified on Map 9: a. Shooter’s Hill to Central London; b. Shrewsbury Park towards the lower Thames; c. Castlewood towards S.E. London; d. Eaglesfield Recreation Ground towards Bexley and the Lower Thames; e. Eltham Park (North) to Central London; f. Winns Common to the lower Thames; g. Thames-side panorama from the Thames Barrier open space; h. St. Mary’s Churchyard towards Mast Pond Wharf and beyond; i. Docklands panorama from the Wolfe Monument; j. Eltham Palace to Central London; k. Millennium Dome from Central Park.
High Buildings Planning permission for high buildings will be granted within Woolwich Town Centre, Thamesmead Town Centre and at key locations in the Waterfront area. Planning applications for high buildings will be assessed using the following criteria: i. Proposals should be of outstanding architectural and urban design quality and act as a landmark. ii. Proposals should secure a complete and well-designed setting, including hard and soft landscaping, to facilitate interaction at street level. iii. Proposals should be set in a Borough (or wider) urban design analysis. iv. Proposals should take account of proximity to public transport facilities/interchanges. v. Proposals should take account of visual impact on: a. conservation areas; b. metropolitan open land and other open spaces, their settings and views from them; c. listed buildings and their settings; d. strategic views; e. local views; f. historic parks and gardens; and g. the world heritage site. h. the River Thames and other waterways vi. Proposals should emphasise or contribute to a point of civic or visual significance or a centre of urban activity or regeneration, both locally and in relation to the local and wider area from which it will be visible. vii. Proposals should relate positively to topographical features and other high buildings and contribute positively to the image and built environment of London. viii. Proposals should enhance the skyline by ensuring that the roof top design is of high quality.
Archaeology The Council will expect applicants to properly assess and plan for the impact of proposed developments on archaeological remains where they fall within #Areas of Archaeological Potential’ as defined on the constraints Map 10. In certain instances preliminary archaeological site investigations may be required before proposals are considered. The Council will seek to secure the co-operation of developers in the excavation, recording and publication of archaeological finds before development takes place by use of planning conditions/legal agreements as appropriate.
Air Pollution Development proposals with the potential to result in a significant deterioration in air quality will be resisted unless measures to minimise the impact of air pollutants are included. Such planning applications should be accompanied by an assessment of the likely impact of the development on air quality. In areas of poor air quality, proposals for development which may be sensitive to air pollution will be required to demonstrate appropriate mitigating design solutions.
Contaminated Land A preliminary site investigation, prior to the determination of a planning application, will normally be required if a site is known or is likely to have been in contaminative uses. Where contamination is found, the council will need to be assured that the development can be built and occupied safely without any adverse environmental or health impacts, otherwise conditions requiring full remedial action will be imposed to deal with: i. the particular type or types of contamination; ii. the problems of the ground exhalation of gases; and iii. the restoration of land to beneficial use.
Site Servicing The Council will seek to ensure the provision of satisfactory services to areas where new communities are being established. New development should take place where it can take maximum advantage of spare capacity in existing infrastructure. Where this is not possible development will be phased to give sufficient time for new infrastructure to be provided. The Council will insist on the provision of adequate services before giving permission for development or redevelopment and may require developers to contribute to off-site and on-site works so that sites can be properly serviced.
Drainage & Flood Protection All development will be controlled so as not to give rise to flooding or surface, groundwater or aquifer pollution. Surface water should be disposed of as close to source as possible, or attenuated before discharge to a watercourse or surface water sewer. Surface water should not be allowed to enter the foul system.
Development in Fluvial Flood Risk Areas Areas within Zones 2 and 3 at risk from fluvial flooding are identified on the Proposals Map. Areas at risk from tidal flooding, but protected by existing flood defences, are shown on Map 7. Planning applications for development on sites of more than 1 hectare within these areas must be accompanied by a flood risk assessment appropriate to the scale of and nature of the development, the level of flood risk, and the protection afforded by the existing defences. Development in undeveloped areas at risk from fluvial flooding will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances. In developed areas at risk from fluvial flooding, development will only be permitted where appropriate flood defence measures are taken, and it can be demonstrated that there is no increased risk of flooding to other sites.
Development & Transport – General Principles When planning transport provision for single large developments and extensive sites where comprehensive development can take place, developers should pay regard to: i. designing for the needs of pedestrians, people with disabilities, cyclists and public transport users first; ii. arranging highways networks after these priorities; iii. building into highways networks traffic calming and design criteria for speeds no greater than 20 mph and the creation of home zones; iv. locating major activities such as schools and shops at public transport, cycling and pedestrian nodes; v. as relevant, building into development costings provision for segregated roadways for Waterfront Transit (see Policy M10) as well as more conventional highways, cycle networks and pedestrian networks. vi. Existing and proposed utilisation of public transport and impact upon capacity of networks. Close liaison with Transport for London (TfL) and the relevant railway undertakers will be necessary.
Accessible Public Transport When considering developments that generate and/or attract significant amounts of public transport need/demand the Council will take into account accessibility to and from and of public transport. For relevant developments the Council will also examine the scope for planning obligations for public transport infrastructure in line with Policy SC2. As a guide to developers and public transport operators, a 400 metre maximum walking distance from a bus stop and an 800 metre standard from a railway station, will be sought for housing developments. Public transport operators will also be urged to improve the accessibility of their vehicles and rolling stock for the use of people with disabilities and to provide new or improved services.
Car Parking Standards The standards for car parking for new developments in The London Plan should be applied. These apply to employment generating development and are maxima. Because of the transitional character of the Borough the “Inner London” standards should apply to Greenwich Town Centre and other areas with a high PTAL rating, and “Outer” elsewhere in the Borough viz: Area One off street space per m2 gross floor space: Inner London (Greenwich Town Centre and areas with a high PTAL rating) 600-1,000 Outer London (Rest of the Borough) 100-600 For the purpose of this policy “employment generating development” will apply to Use Classes A2; B1; B2; B8.
Services Areas New industrial, housing, shopping and commercial developments will be expected to provide adequate service areas, as far as possible within the curtilage of the development, and so that vehicles can leave the site forwards.
Cycling Cycling will be promoted in the Borough. The Borough will press relevant agencies to maintain/provide free cycle carriage on rail/riverbus, and cycle use of bus lanes will be promoted. The needs of cyclists will be particularly pursued in all new development, road and traffic management schemes by: i. Freeing cyclists from the restrictions of existing and proposed traffic management schemes, as appropriate. ii. Providing cycle routes in accordance with the London Cycle Network (LCN), Thames Cycle Route and evolving local network (see Map 11). Where possible these will be physically segregated from other road users. The use of footpaths in general, the riverside walk and the Green Chain will be examined in this context, as will their provision in association with new development and road schemes. Other physical provision, such as improved junction design will also be implemented where possible and required. In particular, safe cycle routes to schools will also be implemented. iii. Providing cycle parking facilities, particularly in conjunction with major traffic attractors/generators and new developments. These should be sufficient in number, safe and in well-lit areas. iv. Provision for secure cycle parking and other cyclists needs will be a condition on planning permissions for major new developments, (See Table M1), and developer contributions to cycle provision/networks will also be sought as appropriate in line with Policy SC2.
Pedestrians High standards of pedestrian safety, accessibility and convenience will be promoted by the Council. In particular the Council will seek to: i. Introduce pedestrian (priority) areas; ii. Expand the development of a network of pedestrian only priority routes, ensuring they are well lit, signed, safe and well maintained; iii. Ensure safe and convenient facilities for crossing roads and at transport interchanges; iv. Generally improve the pedestrian environment; v. Use its powers of development control in the pedestrian#s interests and in its role as Highway Authority have regards to the needs of people with disabilities in the design of highway improvements and pedestrianisation schemes and the requirements of people with visual impairments in the design of pedestrian crossings; vi. Support improvement of the river foot tunnels at Greenwich and Woolwich; vii. In determining planning applications and securing S106 agreements in line with Policy SC2, ensuring the needs of pedestrians and people with disabilities are fully provided for; viii. When introducing road safety measures looking first of all at mechanisms to modify or calm driver behaviour rather than restricting ease of pedestrian movement.
New Housing Residential development, including the change of use of existing buildings, will be acceptable on environmentally suitable sites, including sites allocated on the Proposals Map and in the Site Schedules, and where the residential use of the site would not conflict with other policies and proposals of the Plan. In the interests of achieving sustainable development, the re-use of previously developed land will be promoted to the extent that 90% of new dwellings will be provided on such land.
South Greenwich Study Area The Kidbrooke Development Area, as defined on the Proposals Map, is designated as a mixed-use, residential led, regeneration area. The redevelopment and regeneration of this area will be required to deliver the following objectives: i. Creating a mixed neighbourhood and community integrated with the surrounding area providing a sustainable environment; ii. Provision of a total of 4,400 dwellings which will include the replacement of 1,900 affordable homes; iii. Creating quality open spaces; iv. Providing a local shopping centre which acts as a commercial hub for the area; v. An improved transport interchange and public transport to and from the area. vi. On greenfield sites in the development area identified for housing development, in recognition of the economics of housing provision, 50% affordable housing will be sought. Development proposals will be expected to take account of the proposed masterplan which is to be the basis of a supplementary planning document. Any proposals which would be detrimental to the implementation of any aspect of the masterplan will be resisted.
Density When considering proposals for housing developments the Council will give priority to securing a high quality environment for residents and making the best sustainable use of land, having regard to the location of the site, to the individual characteristics of the site and the character of the surrounding area. Densities which will be considered appropriate are set out in Policy H9.
Children’s Play Areas In residential developments that include over 50 units of family housing, suitably equipped and well designed children#s play areas should be provided.
Affordable Housing Housing and mixed-use developments with 15 or more units or residential sites of 0.5 hectare or more are expected to provide a significant element of affordable dwellings on site. The precise percentage, distribution and type of affordable housing will be determined by the particular circumstances and characteristics of the site and the development, the economics of housing provision, other planning objectives and the scale of need for affordable housing as set out in Policy SH5.
Housing Mix A mix of housing types and sizes will be expected in all developments including conversions, particularly on developments over 25 dwellings. The mix on each site will vary according to the location of the development and the character of the surrounding area. Both large and small units should be included and dwellings for families should have direct access to a garden. Factors such as schemes for special needs groups or where there is a poor external environment will affect the mix. Schemes with predominantly family housing should, as far as is practicable, be related to the adequate provision of accessible nursery and primary schools, local shops, play areas and amenities.
Lifetime Homes New housing should be built to Lifetime Homes standards. Conversions should aim to incorporate as many of the standards as practicable. Lifetime Home include the following access requirements: i. Level or gently sloping approach and flush thresholds. ii. Entrances illuminated. The main entrance should be covered. iii. Distance from the car-parking space to the home to be kept to a minimum. iv. Where car-parking is adjacent to the home, it should be capable of being enlarged to a width of 3.3 metres. v. Where homes are reached via a lift, this should be wheelchair accessible.
Wheelchair Standard Housing In residential developments of 25 or more units at suitable sites and locations, the Council will seek to negotiate 10% of dwellings to be built to full wheelchair standard. In the case of private housing, the requirement may be provided as units capable of adaptation to full wheelchair standard without further structural alterations.
Metropolitan Open Land In areas defined on the Proposals Map as Metropolitan Open Land: i. The use of land for the open land uses stated in Policy SO4 will normally be permitted unless the use would result in an adverse change to the character of the open land. ii. Small scale built development which has a primary function for a purpose ancillary and essential to an appropriate use as stated in Policy SO4 may be permitted provided that the following criteria are met: a. The design, scale, massing, siting and landscaping of the proposal should relate sensitively to other buildings on the site, to those on adjoining sites and to the character of the surrounding open land. The proposal should not be visually intrusive and should have minimal impact upon the open nature of the area. b. The proposal should not be within a defined site of nature conservation importance (see Policy O18) nor prejudice the ecological or amenity significance of the area. c. The proposal should not have unacceptable adverse effects on neighbouring residential areas and should not result in an unacceptable level of noise or other disturbance. d. The proposal must not result in the enlargement or creation of an area of public open space deficiency (see Policy O9). e. The proposal shall not result in an overall reduction of the provision of playing fields or sports pitches and associated facilities in the Borough. f. The proposal shall not result in a significant increase in vehicular traffic to the site and any provision for parking shall not dominate or fragment the site. All proposals shall be landscaped and introduce diversity to the wildlife interest of the site. Existing trees of significance should be protected and replacement trees provided. (See Policy D8). iii. Proposals for a change of use of an existing building, which is in a use ancillary to that of the surrounding open space, to a non ancillary use will not normally be permitted. The use of such a building for indoor sport or leisure use, combined with an outdoor use, may be permitted subject to landscaping and the criteria above.
Park Facilities The Council will seek to enhance open space by the provision and encouragement of appropriate park facilities (e.g. seating, children’s play equipment, refreshment facilities, outdoor tennis courts, pitch and putt, sports pitches and changing facilities and Arts, Culture and Entertainment facilities, such as open air performance spaces, sculpture and visual imagery and areas for cultural exhibition and study) within suitable parks and public open spaces. Facilities should be of a high standard of design and quality and respect local nature conservation interests. Such facilities should be safe to use and accessible to all. (See Policies D5, D6 and D7).
Site of Natural Conservation Importance Where development is proposed on sites adjacent to protected sites of nature conservation importance, applicants must demonstrate that habitats will not be adversely affected.
Metropolitan Open Land The Council will give special consideration to development proposals on and fringing, abutting or otherwise having a visual relationship with Metropolitan Open Land where development could be detrimental to its visual amenity, character or use. Possibilities for opening up visual links and green corridors, or creating new access points into or between open land areas will be pursued.
Quality Jobs The Council will resist development proposals that result in the loss without qualitatively adequate replacement of jobs suited to the needs and skills of local people, and will seek to encourage employment development which provides good quality jobs, in particular for the most disadvantaged groups in the Borough workforce.
Community Benefits In appraising employment development schemes, the Council will use planning agreements to secure community and workplace benefits as appropriate, in accordance with Policy SC2.
Industrial & Business Developments The Council will seek to ensure that wherever possible industrial and business developments: i. Are designed and specified to enable convenient adaption to a range of business uses, and large units can be readily subdivided, and; ii. Connect premises to broadband information technology infrastructure (or, if this is demonstrably impractical, make provision for convenient connections to be made in the future); and iii. Address the need to provide business premises on flexible and affordable terms.
B1 Uses Activities within Use Class B1 will normally be permitted in the locations below, providing they are appropriately scaled, environmental and traffic impacts are within acceptable levels, and the site is not allocated or safeguarded for another use elsewhere in the Plan. Office developments should be conveniently accessible by public transport. i. Defined Industrial Areas (see Policy J1); ii. Charlton Business Park (see Policy J3); iii. Town Centres (see Policies J4 and TC16); iv. Mixed Use Areas (see Policy W3); and v. Other sites allocated for employment use (see Site Schedules) or in current or former employment use (see Policy J5).
Thameside Policy Area The Council will seek a high quality of design respecting the special character of the River Thames within the Thames Policy Area defined on the Proposals Map. Proposals within the Area will be expected to satisfy the development principles under Policy W1 and: i. Have regard to adopted Council planning briefs, design guides and urban design guidelines including major development requirement for a Design Statement (see Policy D2); ii. Develop and enhance the area’s links with the river, and contribute to the completion of a continuous public riverside footpath and cycleway from Deptford to Thamesmead (Policy O16); iii. Incorporate sustainable modes of passenger, freight and tourist transport as appropriate (see Policies M7, M37); iv. Consider strategic and local views (Policies D25 – D27); and v. Protect and enhance the river and its foreshore for wildlife and nature conservation, avoid unnecessary encroachment and contribute positively to the improvement of the local environment.
Mixed Use Areas The Mixed Use Areas below, as defined on the Proposals Map, are designated for mixed-use redevelopment to include business, residential and other appropriate uses. The Council will seek an overall increase in employment generating uses and proposals that reduce the level of, or potential for, business/employment activity will be resisted. Proposals must comply with the Site Schedules, other Plan policies and, where applicable, take into account more detailed guidance in planning briefs or approved master plans. i. Deptford Creekside (West Greenwich) ii. Greenwich Peninsula iii. Woolwich Royal Arsenal
Density Subject to Policies H7 and H8, the Council will permit development at the following densities: i. 150- 250 HRH (60- 100 HRA) for dwellings for families. ii. 170- 300 HRH (70 – 120 HRA) for non-family dwellings. iii. 200 – 450 HRH (80- 182 HRA) for non-family dwellings on sites in the Borough#s Major and District Centres (See Table TC1) or with immediate access to a network of good public transport facilities. iv Over 450 HRH (182 HRA) for non-family dwellings will be accepted in exceptional circumstances, on sites of high public transport accessibility, where it can be demonstrated that the design is of exceptional quality. The above ranges will be applied to mixed residential developments in proportion to category.
Strategic Policies – Community Needs, Benefits & Services In order to secure the best use of land and a properly planned environment the council will seek to ensure, through the use of conditions and planning obligations attached to planning permissions, that new development provides for the infrastructure, facilities, amenities and other planning benefits which are necessary to support and serve it and to offset any consequential planning loss to the local area.
Strategic Policies – Design & Conservation The Council will encourage a high quality of design in all new developments and alterations to existing developments which positively contribute to the improvement of their accessibility, safety and the built and natural environment.
Strategic Policies – Environmental Protection To protect and improve the environment in termsof air and water quality, and reduce the impact of pollution, noise, smell and toxic materials, especially from transport and industrial processes.
Strategic Policies – Housing The scale of housing need in the Borough for affordable housing is such that the Council will seek to ensure that at least 35% of the dwellings provided between 1997 and 2016 are affordable to those on low and lower incomes.
Strategic Policies – Jobs & the Local Economy To retain, and encourage the expansion of, existing businesses, and to promote the provision of premises for small and growing firms.
Strategic Policies – Jobs & the Local Economy To encourage training and the development of the skills of the Borough workforce, and to ensure that the benefits of economic activity are shared by all sections of the community including those disadvantaged or facing discrimination in relation to the job market.
Strategic Policies – Movement To seek equitable levels of mobility and accessibility for all groups of people, particularly for those presently disadvantaged in mobility terms. Generally, the following priorities should be considered in preparing development proposals and transport policies and projects: i. pedestrians, people with disabilities, cyclists and public transport users first ; then ii. car users and powered two wheeled vehicles.
Strategic Policies – Open Spaces To safeguard, improve and enhance the character of existing public and private open space (Green Belt, Metropolitan Open Land, Community Open Space, small open spaces) that fulfil a specific function for the local and wider community and encourage full use of their facilities.
Strategic Policies – Waterfront The Council will facilitate the redevelopment and re-use of remaining redundant land and buildings in the Waterfront during the Plan period, bringing about the regeneration of the whole area and realising its economic, social, environmental, cultural and recreational potential, to secure the sustainable development of balanced waterfront communities.
Strategic Policies – Community Needs, Benefits & Services To ensure that development policies reflect the needs of all the Borough#s residents, especially the priority needs of the most disadvantaged individuals, communities and neighbourhoods.