Development Management SPD

Ended on the 5 February 2021

1 Introduction

1.1 This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides additional guidance to assist with the interpretation and implementation of Harborough Local Plan Policies particularly:

  • GD1: Achieving sustainable development;
  • GD3: Development in the countryside;
  • GD8: Good design in development;
  • BE1: Provision of new business development;
  • CC1 to CC3: Climate change;
  • HC1: Built heritage;
  • H4 to H5: Specialist Housing, self build and custom housing;
  • RT3: Shop fronts and advertisements.

1.2 Harborough Local Plan policy GD1 reflects the presumption in favour of sustainable development contained in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Paragraph 130 of the NPPF states clearly that permission should be refused for development of poor design that fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of an area, taking into account any local design standards or style guides.

1.3 Harborough Local Plan policy GD3 sets out for what purposes development will be permitted in the countryside.

1.4 Harborough Local Plan policy GD8 set out that development will be permitted where it achieves a high standard of design.

1.5 Harborough Local Plan policies CC1- CC3 sets out support to development which adapts to climate change and helps to reduce the District's carbon emissions.

1.6 Harborough Local Plan policy HC1 sets out that development affecting heritage assets and their settings will be appraised in accordance with national policy; and be permitted where it protects, conserves or enhances the significance, character, appearance and setting of the asset.

1.7 Harborough Local Plan policies H4 and H5 apply in part to specialist housing, self build and custom housing.

1.8 Harborough Local Plan policy RT3 sets out circumstances and considerations in allowing new shop fonts and advertisements.

1.9 This SPD will be taken into account as a material consideration when appropriate as the Council makes decisions on planning applications. The National Design Guide (October 2019) is taken into account and similarly applies as a consideration.


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