Spelthorne Local Plan - Preferred Options Consultation: Policies and Site Allocations

Comment ID pol/201
Document Section Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Design Policy DS1: Place shaping [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Spelthorne Borough Council (Cl… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 20 Jan 2020

This policy provides no methods by which objective assessments can be made and therefore is totally subjective.   As the old policy H05 is to be replaced, there are to be no limits or target densities defined giving free rein to developers.  This policy, in its current form, will leave the whole borough open to whatever developers consider to be “good design”, with no limits specified.

In the 2019 Conservative manifesto it describes “Beautiful, high-quality homes. We will ask every community to decide on its own design standards for new development, allowing residents a greater say on the style and design of development in their area, with local councils encouraged to build more beautiful architecture.”  It is not clear if this aspiration is consistent with the way the existing policy has been arrived at.

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