Building and Development Policies
Objective: Provide affordable housing with local people given priority
POLICY BD1: Affordable Housing
All residential developments of 11 dwellings or more should provide 40% affordable homes on-site where:
a. All on-site affordable housing is prioritised for those with a local connection as prescribed by the Local Connection Criteria.
b. Affordable housing is evenly spread across a development site in small clusters of four to six dwellings.
Developments of 6-10 dwellings will be required to make an equivalent cash payment commuted until after the completion of the dwellings on the site. In all cases, where it can be demonstrated that the required level of the affordable housing contribution is not viable through a viability assessment, reduced affordable housing provision will be considered.
Objective: Provision of housing and employment opportunities to meet the needs of the community.
POLICY BD2: Site allocation south of Station Road and Heath Road
An area of 7.5 hectares as shown on the Site Location Map is allocated for mixed use development. The development shall provide:
- Between 0.5 hectare to 1 hectare of additional B1, B2 or B8 employment land;
- A minimum of 55 dwellings with overall housing density, mix and design in line with Core Strategy 16;
- An area of open space
The inclusion of a community facility within the the development will also be encouraged.
Objective: Provide a design brief to demonstrate how the development will address key concerns of the community.
POLICY BD3: Design guidelines for site allocation south of Station Rd & Heath Rd
Development proposals should address the following issues:
- The main vehicular access to the new development will be through the industrial area on the south side of Station Road. It is important to ensure there is clear and safe separation of heavy goods traffic and work vehicles linked to industrial units from provision for pedestrians and cyclists;
- Ensure that the overall approach to the built form, street layout, landscape and dwelling density minimises the visual impact of the development and relates sensitively to the surrounding area. Building height should be in general conformity with that of established developments identified in Character Area D;
- Incorporate and enhance existing landscape features such as broadleaf tree cover, the creation of green space both within the new development and on boundaries to provide a buffer against surrounding areas;
- Reduce the density of the dwellings to the edge of the residential development adjacent to the open landscape to create a gradual transition from built area to more open green space;
- Design the eastern part of the site to be sensitive to the existing and adjoining properties and minimise visual impact;
- Ensure that the Affordable Housing is fully integrated with the market housing throughout the development in accordance with Policy BD1b;
- Provide a mix of housing types and sizes to meet the current and future needs of households in Market Bosworth;
- Incorporate pedestrian and cycle links to adjoining residential areas to the east to reduce reliance on the private car;
- Provide a legible street network in accordance with Manual for Streets 2 within the development which link the residential properties with services and facilities such as community buildings, play spaces and allotments;
- Provide garages large enough to be useable with internal dimensions of 6m x 3m;
- Provide off street car parking in accordance with Manual for Streets 2;
- Provide vehicle and a safe pedestrian link to Station Road;
- Provide a landscape buffer between the employment land (existing and proposed) and the proposed residential use;
- Design a ‘gateway’ for the development onto Station Road via the industrial estate to announce the development which is largely hidden from view;
- Ensure that the proposed open space / play provision are well overlooked;
- Retain a publicly accessible space between the development and the open countryside;
- The landscape design within the site must link green spaces with green ‘corridors’ through the built area to enhance biodiversity and create a high quality environment.
The following images illustrate the importance of tree canopy and open green space in maintaining rural characteristics within housing development areas.