Design and Development Control Guidelines
The policies and proposals in the UDP set out the basis for deciding planning applications, or for determining conditions to be attached to planning permissions. The following Design and Development Control Guidelines expand the policies by setting out a number of detailed planning and environmental considerations that will be taken into account in the determination of planning applications. Each planning application is considered on its merits having regard to the Development Plan and all material considerations and these guidelines should not represent any constraint on good design and individuality. Their purpose is to assist developers initiating development in Bexley to create well-designed and stimulating developments.
The Guidelines form part of Part Two of the Plan and are included in accordance with Section 12(4)(d) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. They will be taken into account when determining planning applications but in doing so, the Council will not expect rigid adherence to every guideline. Instead they will be used to judge whether there are any significant design or planning disadvantages to a scheme and whether these are so important individually or collectively as to justify refusal of planning permission.
In places reference is made to documents issued by the British Standards Institution. These can be bought by telephoning (020) 8996 7525 or through the BSI website .