Policy PG 13: Local green gaps
- To support the distinctiveness of settlements in the borough, the identification of localised separation policies will be supported in neighbourhood plans. In local green gaps/green wedges identified in neighbourhood plans, LPS Policy PG 6 'Open countryside' will apply. In addition, planning permission will not be granted for the construction of new buildings or the change of use of existing buildings or land that would:
- result in the erosion of a physical gap between any of the settlements identified;
- adversely affect the visual character of the landscape; or
- significantly affect the undeveloped character of the local green gap, or lead to the coalescence between or within existing settlements.
- Exceptions will be defined locally or considered where no suitable alternative location is available.
2.19 Strategic green gaps are defined by Policy PG 12 'Strategic green gaps boundaries' and prevent neighbouring settlements from merging into one another and coalescing, thereby preserving the open character of the area and the settlements in it. Local green gaps and green wedges, as defined in neighbourhood plans, can help provide access to the countryside from urban areas, and protect the character and urban form of settlements, preventing coalescence in a settlement pattern and between nearby settlements.
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