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DCAN 8: Housing in Existing Urban Areas
3.0 A Design-led Approach to Housing in Existing Urban Areas

3.1 Making the most of opportunities for housing on sites within existing urban areas requires a more flexible approach to the application of conventional planning standards particularly in respect of density and car parking.
3.2 As stated in PPS 7 - ‘Quality Residential Environments’, the application alone of the good practice principles contained in supplementary planning guidance documents will not make fundamentally unacceptable proposals acceptable, particularly in established residential areas.  Proposals should also seek to ensure that the form, density and character of any new development is in harmony with adjacent housing, and does not detract from the environmental quality, residential amenity and established character of the surrounding area.
3.3 A design-led approach based on strategic and detailed design principles is therefore encouraged with the emphasis on the creation of imaginative, safe and attractive housing.
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