Development proposals, which integrate well with their surroundings, meet the needs of residents and minimise the impact on the local environment will be supported where they demonstrate a high quality of design, by:
a. Incorporating the principles of Building for Life (12), or successor design principles which would deliver a higher quality of design. Development proposals are encouraged to achieve the ‘Built for Life’ quality mark.
b. Incorporating as appropriate, the guidance contained within the Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe Neighbourhood Plan Design Guidelines, and adopted supplementary planning documents and the Caterham Valley and Hill Town Design Statement.
c. Meeting the requirements of ‘Secure by Design’ and minimise the likelihood and fear of crime.
d. Providing off-road parking in accordance with the adopted Tandridge Parking Standards (2012).
e. Not adversely affecting vehicular and pedestrian safety due to traffic generation, access and parking design.
f. Providing appropriate Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) on site, unless there are clear reasons why this is not possible, or necessary.
g. Ensuring that areas requiring service and maintenance including watercourses are accessible at all times.



It is important that new development reflects the character of the neighbourhood area as set out in policy CCW4 and described in the Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe Neighbourhood Plan Design Guidelines, 2018.The design of residential properties should demonstrate that they look and feel like local properties.
The Neighbourhood Plan requires high-quality design standards that integrate with the Area and reflect and reinforce, without overwhelming, the rural character of the area situated at the foot of the Surrey Hills.
This policy seeks to expand on other design features to encourage high quality, locally responsive design that is in keeping with its landscape and townscape character and context. It should improve the amenity and functionality of the built environment.


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