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POLICY DS1

In determining whether development is appropriate in a particular location, proposals should accord with the following principles:

  1. priority is given to making best use of urban land, especially through the re-use of previously developed land/buildings;
  2. it fosters sustainable and socially inclusive communities, including by supporting local services and helping meet local needs, such as for affordable housing;
  3. it ensures a sufficient continuing supply of employment sites and premises to foster economic regeneration;
  4. it ensures a good level of accessibility to a range of services and jobs by public transport, recognising that opportunities are more limited in rural areas;
  5. best use is made of existing infrastructure, including transport, community facilities and mains drainage;
  6. it avoids prejudicing the character and qualities of the environment, particularly the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and undeveloped coastline;
  7. it protects sites of recognised nature conservation importance, particularly of internationally and nationally important sites, as defined on the Proposals Map;
  8. it protects historic parks and gardens and Battle battlefield, as defined on the Proposals Map;
  9. it respects the importance of the countryside in terms of its distinct landscape character, natural resources, woodland and agriculture;
  10. it protects ancient woodland from development that would prejudice its ecological and landscape value;
  11. it ensures that development is safe from flooding, including by restricting development in flood risk areas and not increasing such risk elsewhere;
  12. it protects vulnerable countryside gaps between settlements, as elaborated upon by Policy DS5.
  13. it ensures a sufficient continuing supply of housing land in accordance with the Structure Plan housing supply requirement and the spatial strategy of the Plan’
  14. it avoids development on unstable land except where the proposal demonstrates that actual or potential instability can reasonably be overcome.

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