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PPS 7: Quality Residential Environments
Policy QD 2:  Design Concept Statements

4.44 A Design Concept Statement is necessary to demonstrate how the proposed scheme has taken account of the main features of the site and its context and how it will meet the criteria set out in Policy QD 1, thereby contributing to the promotion of a quality residential environment.
4.45 The Statement should outline in writing the overall design concept and objectives for the site and include an indicative concept plan, based on the appraisal of the site and its context. The amount of information and level of detail required will depend on the nature, scale and location of the proposed development. Where necessary the Statement should also address any local design considerations identified in development plans or supplementary planning guidance and provide information on any improvements to infrastructure required to facilitate the proposed development.
4.46 For a large scheme or a site in a sensitive location, such as a Conservation Area, Area of Townscape Character or Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, the type of information and detail required for the Design Concept Statement will include some or all of the following:
  • an appraisal of the site context highlighting those features in the vicinity of the site which influence the design of the scheme;
  • an appraisal of the characteristics of the site - identifying features within the site and how they influence the design of the scheme. This should include landscape features, an analysis of existing flora and fauna and the location of any archaeological or built heritage features or sites of nature conservation importance;
  • an indicative layout of the proposed scheme including for example the siting of buildings, existing and proposed public transport facilities, pedestrian and cycle routes, the layout of streets, access arrangements and traffic calming measures proposed;
  • sketch details of the design of buildings;
  • a comprehensive and readily understood structure to the open space and landscape elements of the scheme including proposals for subsequent management and maintenance; and
  • the type and location of any necessary local neighbourhood facilities.
4.47 For small housing schemes outside sensitive locations, involving the development of a site of up to 0.25 of a hectare or 5 dwellings or less, a short written statement and a diagrammatic layout will generally suffice.
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