Draft PPS14 Sustainable Development in the Countryside
Policy CTY 13
|Policy CTY 13 – The Setting of Settlements|
|Planning permission will be refused for development that mars the distinction between a settlement and the surrounding countryside or that otherwise results in urban sprawl.|
Justification & Amplification
4.103 A settlement’s identity can be as much as a result of its setting within the surrounding countryside, as with the quality of its buildings. Landscapes around settlements have a special role to play in maintaining the distinction between town and country, in preventing coalescence between adjacent built-up areas and in providing a rural setting to the built up area.
4.104 The principle of drawing a settlement limit is partly to promote and partly to contain new development within that limit and so maintain a clear distinction between the built-up area and surrounding countryside. Proposals that would mar this distinction or create urban sprawl will therefore be unacceptable.