Council’s new guide for developers

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 January 2013


DEVELOPERS will have to obey a new set of guidelines if they want to carry out building work in North Somerset in the future.

North Somerset Council has produced a new design guide so that those involved in developments have the best chance of getting approval for their scheme.

Among the advice issued by the unitary authority is that new residential buildings or extensions should not significantly reduce the light into a neighbouring property.

The document produced by the unitary authority, set to be presented at a meeting of the full council on Tuesday, gives detailed methods for assessing the impact on homes around the development.

Developers have also been told their plans should not result in a significant loss of privacy to neighbouring residents or planning permission is likely to be refused.

They have also been advised the proposals for the new building work should be sympathetic in appearance to the surrounding area.

The new Residential Design Guide says: “Developments that do not follow these principles are likely to be refused planning permission.”

Councillors will be asked to approve the guide at the meeting on Tuesday.

The covering report said: “The purpose of the guide is to provide consistency and detailed guidance for those involved in designing proposals for residential development within existing residential areas.

“It will be used as a basis for giving pre-application advice to applicants and will form material consideration in the determination of any subsequent planning applications.

“This will reduce the amount of refusals, which in turn will help the council and its customers to save time and make more efficient use of resources.”

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