Policy SDC3: Landscape Character

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Support

North East Derbyshire Publication Draft Local Plan (Reg 19)

Representation ID: 7334

Received: 03/04/2018

Respondent: Peak District National Park Authority

Representation:

We welcome paragraph 8.13 that states:

'...The western part of the District extends up to and into the edge of the Peak District National Park, and comprises a highly scenic landscape with rolling hills, river valleys, extensive woodland and small attractive villages, including some of the finest Derbyshire landscape outside the National Park.'

Full text:

We welcome paragraph 8.13 that states:

'...The western part of the District extends up to and into the edge of the Peak District National Park, and comprises a highly scenic landscape with rolling hills, river valleys, extensive woodland and small attractive villages, including some of the finest Derbyshire landscape outside the National Park.'

Support

North East Derbyshire Publication Draft Local Plan (Reg 19)

Representation ID: 7337

Received: 03/04/2018

Respondent: Peak District National Park Authority

Representation:

The supporting text should define the National Park's Purposes

Full text:

We welcome part (3) of Policy SDC3: Landscape Character that states:

'Planning permission will not be granted for development outside the Peak District National Park which would damage or significantly affect the national park purposes or its valued characteristics'.

However the supporting text does not define what the National Park Purposes are. It is considered that these should be included in full within the supporting text:

'The National Park Authority has two statutory purposes under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949:
* The conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area comprising the National Park.
* Promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of those areas by the public.'

Object

North East Derbyshire Publication Draft Local Plan (Reg 19)

Representation ID: 7832

Received: 04/04/2018

Respondent: Rippon Homes

Agent: RPS (Birmingham office)

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation:

Council Officer has amended the summary to approximately 100 words. Full representation attached.

Representation quotes Paragraph 109 of the NPPF with emphasis on the "valued landscapes". The purpose of Policy SDC3 is to ensure that valued landscape features are protected and enhanced and that landscape design is a key component in the design of new development.
The current policy wording however requires ALL development proposals to provide for the conservation, enhancement, or restoration and re-creation of the local landscape. The policy goes beyond NPPF and its requirements are therefore excessive, unjustified and inconsistent with national policy.

Furthermore, whilst conservation and enhancement of the landscape is a NPPF objective the 'restoration and re-creation' of the landscape does not form part of this and in most cases this requirement would be undeliverable depending on the availability of historic records.

Change suggested by respondent:

The policy does not reflect the relevant landscapes and requirements of the NPPF. We would therefore suggest the following changes to the policy wording:
1. Proposals for new development will only be permitted where they would not cause significant harm to the character, quality, distinctiveness or sensitivity of the landscape, or to important features or views DELETE ",or other perceptual qualities such as tranquillity" unless the benefits of the development clearly outweigh the impacts.
2. Development proposals should be informed by, and be sympathetic to, the distinctive landscape areas identified in the Derbyshire Landscape Character Assessment and the Areas of Multiple Environmental Sensitivity (AMES), or any successor document(s), and contribute, where appropriate, to the conservation and enhancement DELETE ",or restoration and re-creation" of the local landscape taking into account its wider landscape character type.

Full text:

Paragraph 109 of the NPPF states that, 'the planning system should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment by protecting and enhancing VALUED landscapes.' In accordance with this the purpose of Policy SDC3 is to ensure that valued landscape features are protected and enhanced and that landscape design is a key component in the design of new development.
The current policy wording however requires ALL development proposals to provide for the conservation, enhancement, or restoration and re-creation of the local landscape. The policy goes beyond NPPF and its requirements are therefore excessive, unjustified and inconsistent with national policy.
Furthermore, whilst conservation and enhancement of the landscape is a NPPF objective the 'restoration and re-creation' of the landscape does not form part of this and in most cases this requirement would be undeliverable depending on the availability of historic records. Returning the landscape to a previous form is unnecessary besides very few significant historic landscape cases and therefore the policy is considered to be unjustified and inconsistent with national policy.

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Object

North East Derbyshire Publication Draft Local Plan (Reg 19)

Representation ID: 8028

Received: 04/04/2018

Respondent: Gladman Developments

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation:

Representation not received on representation form; Council officer has made an interpretation

The proposed policy does not reflect the hierarchy of designated sites. Gladman consider that any such policy should provide a positively framed criteria based approach that makes appropriate distinctions between the hierarchy of international, national and locally designated sites so that protection is commensurate with their status.

Change suggested by respondent:

Gladman consider that any such policy should provide a positively framed criteria based approach that makes appropriate distinctions between the hierarchy of international, national and locally designated sites so that protection is commensurate with their status.

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