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POLICY GD1

All development should meet the following criteria:

  1. it meets the needs of future occupiers, including providing appropriate amenities and the provision of appropriate means of access for disabled users;
  2. it is in keeping with and does not unreasonably harm the amenities of adjoining properties;
  3. it provides for adequate and safe access by all relevant modes of transport, appropriate parking provision, in accordance with Policy TR3 and does not result in unacceptable traffic or transport conditions;
  4. it respects and does not detract from the character and appearance of the locality;
  5. it is compatible with the conservation of the natural beauty of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty;
  6. it respects the topography, important views to and from the site and retains site features that contribute to the character or amenities of the area;
  7. it protects habitats of ecological value and incorporates, wherever practicable, features that enhance the ecological value of the site, with particular regard to wildlife refuges or corridors, or fully compensates for any necessary loss;
  8. it does not prejudice the character, appearance or setting of heritage features, notably scheduled ancient monuments and sites of archaeological importance, listed buildings, conservation areas, registered historic parks and gardens, the registered battlefield at Battle, or other buildings and spaces of historic importance;
  9. the infrastructure and facilities necessary to serve the development are available, or suitable provision is made as part of the development, in accordance with Policy GD2;
  10. it provides adequate and appropriate means for foul and surface water drainage, with suitable alleviation and mitigation measures where necessary and does not prejudice water quality;
  11. it is compatible with deterring crime, including maximising opportunities for natural surveillance of public places;
  12. it promotes the efficient use of energy and water through the layout and design of buildings.
  13. it properly addresses any known or suspected contamination of the site, or threat from landfill gas, through site investigations and suitable remediation;
  14. where significant development of agricultural land is unavoidable, it makes use of poorer quality land (grade 3b, 4 and 5) in preference to that of higher quality except where this would be inconsistent with other sustainability considerations;
  15. it takes account of flood risk and in the areas of flood risk, as shown on the Proposals Map, it is expected to minimise and manage the risk to flooding.

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