SPD and other guidance

Supplementary Planning Documents and other guidance

Cirencester Supplementary Planning Document


Cotswold Cycling Strategy




Lorries in the Vale of Evesham Supplementary Planning Guidance

 Informal guidance for agricultural/occupational dwellings

Informal Guidance has been produced setting out the tests that need to be met for agricultural/occupational dwellings. This is essentially Annex A of the now cancelled government guidance titled Planning Policy Statement 7: Sustainable Development in Rural Areas (commonly known as PPS7.)

The condensed nature of the National Policy Planning Framework (March 2012) has inevitably left some gaps in policy because it cancelled detailed guidance formerly set out in Planning Policy Statements and Guidelines.  In our case, Local Plan Policy 29 previously duplicated PPS7 so it was not 'saved' in 2008.  To plug the resulting policy gap, the Council (as approved by Cabinet on 3 May 2012) has resolved that informal guidance is to be used as a consideration to inform decisions on applications for agricultural/occupational buildings until further notice.

Interim Housing guidance note

PPS3 (Housing) requires planning applications to be considered favourably when there is a shortfall in the five year housing land supply.

The Interim Housing Guidance Note provides criteria for the Council to consider when determining planning applications for housing development when there is a shortfall in the five year housing land supply, or when the supply position is marginal.  The aim of the guidance note is that, irrespective of timing, the principle of seeking to ensure that the right development occurs in the right place, is upheld.

The Note was approved by Council on 12 August 2011.  It may be amended or revoked whenever deemed to be appropriate.

Informal policy position on renewable energy

At the Cabinet meeting on 19 March 2009, the following informal policy position about renewable energy production was approved:

This is in line with the ‘Merton Rule’ and the guidelines set out in the Supplement to Planning Policy Statement 1: Planning and Climate Change.

Until such time as a policy that encourages the incorporation of renewable energy production equipment has been adopted under the Local Development Framework, the Council will apply the following policy to planning applications for residential and, where appropriate, non-residential development:

When determining outline or full applications for planning permission and, where appropriate, all other forms of planning application or notification:

(a)       the Council will expect any development (either new build or conversion) with a floor-space above 1000m2, or residential development of ten or more units, to incorporate renewable energy production equipment to provide at least 10% of the predicted energy requirements; and

(b)       subject to (a) being applicable, the following planning condition shall be applied:  “Before any unit is occupied, appropriate renewable energy equipment shall have been installed to provide at least 10 per cent of predicted energy requirements, and the local planning authority shall be satisfied that their day-to-day operation will provide energy for the development for so long as the development remains in existence.”

Informal guidance on climate change and flood risk

At the 19 March 2009 Cabinet meeting, the following informal guidsance about climate change and flood risk was approved:

Decisions on planning applications for development will be required to take full account of the additional impacts on flood risk that are expected to result from climate change. This essentially means that the climate change scenario (flood risk zones) set out in the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) will be applied.

The main difference between the SFRA and the current Environment Agency Flood Zone Maps is that areas currently shown as Flood Zones 2 and 3 now appear as Flood Zones 3a and 3b respectively on the SFRA climate change maps.

By virtue of applying a more stringent sequential approach to development management decisions, less development is likely to occur in locations that are expected to be vulnerable to flood risk in the future.

Informal guidance is to be used as a consideration to inform decisions on planning applications with regard to climate change and flood risk, until further notice.

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