Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document
Meeting of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 23/09/2002
Extract from Waverley Local Plan - Environmental Implications of Development
Extract from Waverley Local Plan 2002 – Policy D1 (Environmental Implications of Development)
Environmental Implications of Development
2.9 Virtually all developments result in an impact on the environment, changing the appearance of land or buildings or affecting the activities that are carried out on a site. Planning applications must provide adequate information for these impacts to be assessed. The sensitivity of the Borough’s environment means that even relatively small-scale developments need rigorous assessment. Large scale proposals may require an Environmental Impact Assessment in accordance with the relevant EU Directive and Statutory Instruments(2). The Council will therefore require appropriate information to enable the environmental implications of a development to be assessed in accordance with Structure Plan Policy EN2 (Environmental Assessment).
2.10 This assessment will cover a range of impacts. Policy D1 is an overarching policy setting out the principal concerns. These are amplified through the other policies of the Plan with the exception of the issue of environmental pollution, which is amplified in the text leading to Policy D2 (Compatibility of Uses). In assessing the environmental implications of development, the Council will take into account the views and recommendations of the Environment Agency and other bodies with a responsibility or expertise in environmental matters.
POLICY D1 – Environmental Implications of Development
The Council will have regard to the environmental implications of development and will promote and encourage enhancement of the environment. Development will not be permitted where it would result in material detriment to the environment by virtue of:-
(a) loss or damage to important environmental assets, such as buildings of historical or architectural interest, local watercourses, important archaeological sites and monuments and areas of conservation, ecological or landscape value;
(b) harm to the visual character and distinctiveness of a locality, particularly in respect of the design and scale of the development and its relationship to its surroundings;
(c) loss of general amenity, including
material loss of natural light and privacy enjoyed by neighbours and disturbance resulting from the emission of noise, light or vibration;
(d) levels of traffic, which are incompatible with the local highway network or cause significant environmental harm by virtue of noise and disturbance;
(e) potential pollution of air, land or water, including that arising from light pollution and from the storage and use of hazardous substances.
The Council will seek, as part of a development proposal, to resolve or limit environmental impacts.
This may include the submission of a flood-risk/run-off assessment to determine the potential flood risk to the development, the likely effects of the development on flood risk to others, whether mitigation is necessary, and if so, whether it is likely to be effective and acceptable. The Council
will also seek
remedial measures to deal with existing problems such as land contamination.
(extract from comms/o&s3/2002-03/040)