Part 1 - Initial Draft (February 2015)

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(1) 4. Sustainable Development

4.1 The purpose of the planning system is to contribute to sustainable development2. The goal of sustainable development is to enable all people to satisfy their basic needs and to enjoy a better quality of life, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own social, economic and environmental needs.

4.2 The NPPF carries a presumption in favour of sustainable development. In accordance with this, the Local Plan’s vision and objectives are centred on sustainable growth, which means encouraging sustainable development as a means of protecting and enhancing the environment, growing the District’s economy, and supporting the wellbeing of the District’s communities. Achievement of sustainable development is a fundamental principle underpinning each policy in the Local Plan. The principles of sustainable development and what this means in North East Derbyshire, are set out in Policy LP1. All proposals for major development should be accompanied by a supporting Planning Statement which demonstrates how these criteria have been considered and addressed.

(12) Policy LP1: Sustainable Development

When considering development proposals the Council will take a positive approach that reflects the presumption in favour of sustainable development contained in the National Planning Policy Framework. The Council will work proactively with applicants to find solutions which 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 neighbourhood plans) will be approved without delay, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

In order to contribute to sustainable development in North East Derbyshire, development proposals should, where appropriate:

a. Support the local economy by providing employment opportunities suitable for local people, contributing towards business expansion and growth in key sectors, and providing for lifelong learning and skills development

b. Promote the efficient use of land and the re-use of previously developed land in sustainable locations

c. Locate development with the aim of reducing the need to travel

d. Reduce the need for energy in new development and use energy efficiently through design, layout and specification

e. Promote the social and economic wellbeing of North East Derbyshire’s communities and contribute to reducing social disadvantages and inequalities

f. Create well designed places that are accessible, durable, adaptable and enhance local distinctiveness

g. Protect and enhance the character, quality and settings of towns and villages and heritage assets of acknowledged importance

h. Protect and enhance the character, quality and diversity of local landscapes and the wider countryside

i. Protect the productive potential of the District’s best quality agricultural land, and avoid sterilisation of mineral resources

j. Support the provision of essential public services and infrastructure

Key Evidence Base

  • National Planning Policy Framework

You told us that...

The Plan needs to recognise the difficulties of accessibility to jobs and services, and the constraints on public transport, particularly in rural areas of the District, and provide sufficient flexibility to respond to particular issues in each area.

Alternative Options considered but not selected...

  1. Not including a sustainable development policy and relying on detailed policies in each topic area. This options was rejected because a policy is required by the NPPF, and it is considered that an overarching policy is necessary to set the context for each of the topics covered by the Plan.
  2. Including a sustainable development policy which is narrower in scope. This option was rejected because it is considered that a comprehensive policy is the most effective way of providing the clarity to encourage and guide sustainable development across the District.

The NPPF tells us that...

The purpose of the planning system is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development. The NPPF carries a presumption in favour of sustainable development. To achieve sustainable development, economic, social and environmental gains should be sought jointly and simultaneously through the planning system. The planning system should play an active role in guiding development to sustainable solutions.

Policy implements Local Plan Objectives: D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D11

How will the policy be monitored?

Indicator: Percentage of major planning applications accompanied by a Planning/ Sustainability Statement

Target: 100% of all major planning applications should be accompanied by a Planning/ Sustainability Statement

Trigger for Review: Not meeting target


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