Householder Applications Checklist

Householder Applications Checklist

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Householder Applications Checklist

Validation Requirements 

Please refer to the table on page 1 of the pdf for the Validation Requirements both National and Tyne and Wear.

 

Please note: The following documents may be requested during pre-application discussions, or where no discussions have taken place following validation of the application.

On validation - If the requested detail is judged to be critical in determining whether permission should be granted or not, and the applicant / agent is unable to submit the information within a specified timescale the authority may be left with no option but to refuse the application due to lack of information.

Please be aware that the householder checklist does not apply to the temporary provisions introduced by the Government in relation to larger single-storey rear extensions, of between four and eight metres for detached houses and between three and six metres for all other houses, which are subject to simplified application to be made under the Neighbour Consultation Scheme. To find out more about this process and how to apply go to section 7.

 

National and Local Validation Requirement Notes to accompany checklists

National Validation Requirements

1. Completed Application Form

All of the relevant questions should be responded to, or the words “Not Applicable” or N/A should be inserted for clarity. See: “4. Ownership Certificates” below with regard to certificates on the form.

The Government wishes to encourage the submission of applications electronically wherever possible, as this provides opportunities for streamlining procedures and reducing costs. Electronic applications may be made via the Planning Portal www.planningportal.co.uk.

Where applicants wish to make application in paper form, the original of the completed application form, plus one additional copies must be submitted. The same applies to all other plans and information that accompanies an application submitted in paper form i.e. a total of two sets are required for the application to be valid.

 

2. Location Plan

All applications must include copies of a location plan based on an up-to-date map. This should be at an identified standard metric scale (1:1250 or 1:2500). The location plan should identify sufficient roads and/or buildings on land adjoining the application site to ensure that the exact location of the application site is clear. The application site should be edged clearly with a red line. It should include all land necessary to carry out the proposed development – for example, land required for access to the site from a public highway, visibility splays, landscaping, car parking and open areas around buildings. A blue line should be drawn around any other land owned or controlled by the applicant, close to or adjoining the application site.Applicants should note that the copying of Ordnance Survey plans by unauthorised persons is an infringement of copyright.

 

3. Site Plan (Existing and Proposed)

All applications should normally include existing and proposed site plans at a standard metric scale (typically 1:100 or 1:200).

The site plan(s) should be numbered.

An existing site plan should accurately show:

  •  The direction of north;
  •  The footprint of all existing buildings on site with written dimensions and distances to the site boundaries.

The following information should also be shown, unless these would not influence or be affected by the proposed development:

  • • All the buildings, roads and footpaths on land adjoining the site including access arrangements;
  • • All public rights of way crossing or adjoining the site;
  • • The position of all existing trees on the site, and those on adjacent land;
  • • The extent and type of any hard surfacing;
  • • Boundary treatment including the type and height of walls or fencing.

A proposed site plan should accurately show:

• The direction of north;

• The footprint of the proposed development (where applicable) and all buildings to be retained with written dimensions and distances to the site boundaries. The following information should also be shown, unless these would not influence or be affected by the proposed development:

• All the buildings, roads and footpaths on land adjoining the site including access arrangements;

• All public rights of way crossing or adjoining the site;

• The position of all proposed trees and those to be retained on the site, and those on adjacent land;

• The extent and type of any hard surfacing;

• Boundary treatment including the type and height of walls or fencing.

4. Ownership Certificates (A, B, C or D as applicable)
 

The relevant certificates concerning the ownership of the application site must accompany all forms of applications.

For this purpose an ‘owner’ is anyone with a freehold interest or a leasehold interest if the unexpired term of which is not less than 7 years.

• Certificate A must be completed when the applicant is the sole owner of the site.

• Certificate B must be completed when the applicant is not sole owner of the site but all of the owner(s) of the site are known. The applicant needs to serve written notice on the person(s) who, on the day 21 days before the date the application is submitted was an owner of any part of the land to which the application relates. A copy of this notice must be sent to the LPA (included in the planning application).

• If Certificate B has been completed, the applicant needs to serve written notice on the person(s) who on the day 21 days before the date the application is submitted was an owner of any part of site (apart from the applicant). A copy of this notice must be included with the planning application.

• Certificate C must be completed when some of the owners of the site are known but not all. If Certificate C has been completed, written notice must be served on the known owners of the site in question in the same way as the procedure under Certificate B and a copy sent to the LPA with the planning application. There is also a requirement for the applicant to advertise the proposal in a local newspaper and this must not take place earlier than 21 days before the date of the application.

• Certificate D must be completed when none of the owners of the site are known. If Certificate D has been completed, the applicant is required to give notice of the proposal in a local newspaper. This must not take place earlier than 21 days before the date of the application and a copy of the notice must be included with the planning application The relevant notice templates are available from the Planning Portal website. For householder applications use: https://ecab.planningportal.co.uk/uploads/1app/notices/householder_noti… For other applications use: https://ecab.planningportal.co.uk/uploads/1app/notices/notice1.pdf https://ecab.planningportal.co.uk/uploads/1app/notices/notice2.pdf

 

5. Agricultural Land Declaration

All agricultural tenants on a site must be notified prior to the submission of a planning application. Applicants must certify that they have notified any agricultural tenants about their application, or that there are no agricultural tenants on the site. The certificate is required whether or not the site includes an agricultural holding. It is incorporated into the standard application form, and must be signed in order for the application to be valid.

No agricultural land declaration is required if the applicant is making an application for the approval of reserved matters, renewal of temporary planning permission, discharge or variation of conditions, tree preservation orders, listed building consent, a lawful development certificate, prior notification of certain developments with permitted development rights, a non-material amendment to an existing planning permission, or express consent to display an advertisement.

 

6. The correct fee

Most applications incur a fee and they cannot be validated without the correct fee being paid.

The Planning Portal includes and a fee calculator and a fee schedule for applicants, although each Local Planning Authority is able to advise applicants on specific cases and payment methods. These can be found at: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200126/applications/59/how_to_app…

Note: For the purposes of fee calculation floor space is taken to be the gross amount (all storeys, including basements and garaging) to be created by the development. This is an external measurement including thickness of external and internal walls.

 

7. Design and Access Statement (if required)

When is this required? 

The provision of dwellinghouses where - (i) the number of dwellinghouses to be provided is 10 or more; or (ii) the development is to be carried out on a site having an area of 0.5 hectares or more and it is not known whether the development falls within (i);

  •  The provision of a building or buildings where the floor space to be created by the development is 1,000 square metres or more;  Development carried out on a site having an area of 1 hectare or more ( excluding minerals, mining or waste development applications)
  •  In World Heritage Sites or in a conservation areas; i. the provision of one or more dwellinghouse ii. the provision of a building (or extension) where the proposed floor space is more than 100 square metres;
  •  Applications for listed building consent

 

What information is required?

A Design and Access Statement sets out the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development and how issues relating to access to the development have been dealt with. For Planning Applications they must:

  •  Explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development;
  •  Demonstrate the steps taken to appraise the context of the development and how the design of the development takes that context into account;
  •  Explain the policy adopted as to access, and how policies relating to access in relevant local development documents have been taken into account;
  •  State what, if any, consultation has been undertaken on issues relating to access to the development and what account has been taken of the outcome of any such consultation; and
  •  Explain how any specific issues which might affect access to the development have been addressed.
  •  A description of any heritage asset affected, including any contribution made by their setting and the contribution made by the development to local character and distinctiveness

 

For Listed Building Consent applications they must:

  •  Explain how the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the works take account of: o The special architectural or historic importance of the building;
  • o The particular physical features of the building that reflect and illustrate the significance of the building ;
  • o The building’s setting. Where appropriate a Design and Access Statement may also include a Heritage Statement (see requirement 15).

Outline Planning Applications

An outline planning application is a means of establishing the principle of a proposed development without having to supply all of the details. The grant of outline planning permission will then be conditional upon the subsequent approval of details of ‘reserved matters’ – as defined below. The government has set down the minimum level of information that must be submitted with outline applications, as follows:-

  •  Use – the use or uses proposed for the development and any distinct development zones within the application site.
  •  Amount of development – the amount of development for each use.
  •  Indicative access points – an area or areas in which access point or points to the site will be situated. An outline application may also contain details and seek approval of one or more of the reserved matters, but at least one must be reserved for later approval. It should be noted that for an outline application it is necessary to indicate access points on the submitted plans even if access will be a reserved matter.

Reserved Matters Applications

Reserved matters are defined by the government as follows:-

  •  Layout – the way in which buildings, routes and open spaces are provided within the development and their relationship to buildings and spaces outside the development.
  •  Scale – the height, width and length of each building proposed in relation to its surroundings.
  •  Appearance – the aspects of a building or place which determine the visual impression it makes. This includes the external built form of the development, its architecture, materials, decoration, lighting, colour and texture.  Access – the accessibility to and within the site for vehicles, cycles and pedestrians in terms of the positioning and treatment of access and circulation and how these fit into the surrounding network.
  •  Landscaping – this is the treatment of private and public space to enhance or protect the amenities of the site through hard and soft measures. This may include, for example, planting of trees or hedges, screening by fences or walls, the formation of banks or terraces, or the layout of gardens, courts or squares.

(N.B) For applications for approval of reserved matters pursuant to outline permissions where the outline application was submitted prior to 10 August 2006, the relevant reserved matters are sitting, design, external appearance, means of access and the landscaping of the site.)Local Validation Requirements

 

8. Application Plans

When is this required?

  • • Elevation plans should be submitted for all applications where external alterations are proposed;
  • • Floor plans, Site Sections and Site Levels should be submitted for applications where this would be expected to add to the understanding of the proposal;
  • • Roof Plans should be submitted where there is an alteration to an existing roof or otherwise where this is expected to add to the understanding of the proposal.

 

What information is required?

All plans should be numbered.

(a) Existing and Proposed Elevations The drawings of the elevations should be at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 and all external sides of the proposal must be shown, along with the proposed building materials and the style, materials and finish of windows and doors where possible. Where a proposed elevation adjoins another building/structure or is in close proximity the drawing should clearly show the relationship between the two buildings/structures and detail the positions of any openings on each property. Proposed blank elevations must also be included, if only to show that this is in fact the case.

(b) Existing and Proposed Floor Plans The submitted drawings should be at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 and should explain the proposal in detail. Where existing buildings or walls are to be demolished, these should be clearly shown. The proposed development should be shown in context with the site boundary and any existing adjacent buildings including property numbers/names where appropriate.

(c) Existing and Proposed Site Sections and Site Levels Section drawings should be drawn at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 showing how the proposed development relates to existing site levels and adjacent land (with levels related to a fixed datum point off site).

(d) Roof Plan A roof plan is used to show the shape of the roof, its location, and specifying the roofing material to be used, and should be drawn to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100.

For applications for advertisement consent only:

The following should be submitted:

  • • Where multiple adverts are proposed a site plan to a scale of either 1:100 or 1:200 showing the direction of north, all buildings on site, and the position of the advert(s) with written dimensions and distances to the site boundaries as a minimum;
  • • Plans of the advert(s) to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 showing their size, position on buildings or land, height above ground level, extent of projection, sections, materials, colours and method of fixing;
  • • Details of means of illumination where applicable, with section through advertisement and method of illumination.

Advertisement consent applications may also include existing and proposed photomontages to supplement scaled plans.

 

11. Archaeological Assessments

When is this required?

Archaeological desk based assessment

• Proposals on or near Scheduled Ancient Monuments;

• Developments along the Hadrian's Wall corridor or within the vicus (civilian settlement) of the Roman Forts (Newcastle, Benwell, Wallsend and South Shields);

• Proposals affecting sites identified on the Tyne & Wear Historic Environment Record http://www.twsitelines.info/

• Greenfield sites of 1ha or more in size. Exceptions: Householder extensions and also any development with no ground intrusion. Archaeological Evaluation Report (fieldwalking, earthwork survey, geophysical survey and/or trial trenching) All applications involving new builds where one of the following would apply:

• Proposals affecting Scheduled Ancient Monuments;

• Developments along the Hadrian's Wall corridor or within the vicus (civilian settlement) of the Roman Forts (Newcastle, Benwell, Wallsend and South Shields);

• Proposals affecting sites identified on the Tyne & Wear Historic Environment Record;

• Greenfield sites of 1 hectare or more in size. Archaeological Building Assessment and Recording

• Proposals on or adjacent to sites identified on the Tyne & Wear Historic Environment Record;

• Applications for the demolition, substantial repair or alteration of historic buildings (19th century or earlier), and other listed buildings, locally listed buildings and unlisted buildings within a Conservation Area. The types of building which warrant assessment include churches, farms, houses, industrial buildings, public houses and schools;

• Proposals affecting buildings or structures identified on the Tyne & Wear Historic Environment Record.

 

What information is required?

Archaeological desk based assessment

The County Archaeologist will provide a specification for the desk based assessment for the applicant which sets out what is required.

The assessment must be produced by an experienced professional archaeologist.

The archaeological desk based assessment is an assessment of the known or potential archaeological resource within and around the development site. It consists of a collation of existing written, graphic, photographic and electronic information in order to identify the likely character, extent, quality and worth of the known or potential archaeological resource within the development site.

The Local Planning Authority will use the assessment to appraise the likelihood that archaeological features survive within the site and to determine if further archaeological fieldwork is required.

Archaeological Evaluation Report (fieldwalking, earthwork survey, geophysical survey and/or trial trenching)

The County Archaeologist will provide a specification for the evaluation for the applicant which sets out what is required.

The evaluation must be undertaken by an experienced professional archaeologist. Archaeological field evaluation is a limited programme of fieldwork which determines the presence or absence of archaeological features, structures, deposits, artefacts or eco-facts within the development site. It can take the form of fieldwalking, geophysical survey and trial trenching.

Where remains are present the field evaluation defines their character, extent, quality and preservation and enables an assessment of their significance.

Archaeological Building Assessment and Recording

Standing buildings, structures and complexes form part of the archaeological resource and should be treated in an equivalent manner to other parts of the resource. The County Archaeologist will provide a specification for the building assessment and recording for the applicant which sets out what is required.

The assessment and recording must be undertaken by an experienced professional archaeologist or buildings historian. This is a programme of work to establish the character, history, dating, form and archaeological development of a specified building, structure or complex and its setting.

The purpose of the recording is not only to provide an archive record of the building as it is, but also to advise the proposed scheme by identifying those parts of the building which are most significant and should be retained in the conversion process. It will be used to formulate a strategy for the conservation, alteration, demolition, repair or management of a building and to seek a better understanding, compile a lasting record, analyze the findings and then disseminate the results.

Policy Background

Government policy or guidance:

 

Development Plan:

Newcastle and Gateshead Core Strategy Policy CS15 Newcastle Unitary

Development Plan Policies C4, C4.1, C4.2 and C4.3

Gateshead Unitary Development Plan Policies ENV21, ENV22 and ENV23

South Tyneside Core Strategy Policies EA1 and EA4

Development Management Policy DM6 Area Action Plan Policies SS12, J10 and H9

North Tyneside Local Plan (2017) DM6.7

Area specific requirements and further information:

• Jennifer Morrison, Tyne and Wear Archaeology Officer tel. (0191) 2816117 or email jennifer.morrison@newcastle.gov.uk

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/selection-criteria/listing-selec…

 

13. Ecological Survey Assessment and Mitigation Report & Protected Species Survey

When could either of these be required?

Modification / demolition (including in part) of the following:

• Permanent agricultural buildings;

• Buildings with weather boarding, wooden cladding and/or hanging tiles within 200 metres of woodland or water;

• Pre-1960 buildings within 200 metres of woodland or water and pre-1919 buildings within 400 metres of woodland or water; buildings/structures of any age within or immediately adjacent to woodland and/or water;

• Tunnels, mines, kilns, ice houses, adits, military fortifications, air raid shelters, cellars and similar underground ducts and structures;

• Bridges, aqueducts and viaducts;

• Buildings known to support roosting bats.

 

Applications that would include the following:

• Floodlighting within 50 metres of woodland, water or hedgerows / lines of trees with an obvious connection to woodland or water;

• Works to fell or lop veteran trees, trees with obvious cracks, holes and cavities, or trees with a diameter greater than a metre at chest height;

• Major proposals within 500 metres of the perimeter of a pond, or 200 metres of rivers, streams, canals, lakes or other aquatic habitats such as wetlands;

• Minor proposals within 100 metres of a pond or adjacent to rivers, streams, canals, lakes or other aquatic habitats such as wetlands;  Proposals for wind turbines.

Applications affecting:

• Woodland, or hedgerows / lines of trees with an obvious connection to woodland or water;

• Gravel pits, quarries, natural cliff faces, or rock outcrops with crevices or caves;

• European protected sites or candidate sites: Special Protection Area (SPA) / Ramsar Site, Special Area of Conservation (SAC);

• Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI);

• Local Wildlife Sites (LWS);

• Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

• Wildlife Corridors;

• Site of Local Conservation Interest (SLCI);

• Priority habitats as defined in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) (Refer to Local BAPs and the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act);

• A semi-natural habitat.

 

Exceptions:

A survey assessment & mitigation report may be waived if:

• Following consultation at the pre-application stage, it is confirmed in writing by the Council that a survey/report is not required;

• A reasoned risk assessment, undertaken by a suitably qualified ecologist, is submitted demonstrating that no protected species are present, or that none would be adversely affected by the proposal;

Please seek pre-application advice from the Local Planning Authority for clarification on when a survey or HRA screening opinion would be required.

 

What information is required?

Where a development has the potential to impact on priority and protected habitats or species e.g. bats or Great Crested Newts, appropriate surveys and assessments will be required with the application. Mitigation measures to negate harm may be required along with evidence of lack of alternative sites. The level of detail will vary according to the size of the development and the habitats and species concerned.

An Ecological Survey should contain the following information:

  • • Up-to-date information of habitats on site and links to habitats off site;
  • • Species present or likely to be present;
  • • Records search, likely impacts, mitigation and opportunities for enhancement.

Depending on the results of the initial survey, further surveys may be required.

Where protected or priority species are known or have a reasonable likelihood of occurring, a detailed Protected Species Survey must be carried out by a suitably qualified and experienced ecological specialist. Failure to provide information on protected species at the outset can significantly delay the processing of your planning application whilst a survey is carried out, and could result in a need for design and layout changes that should have been taken into account in the original proposal.

Please note certain surveys can only be undertaken at certain times of the year. For further details please contact the Local Planning Authority at preapplication stage.

Where a development could impact upon a European Protected Site or candidate site a Habitat Regulation Assessment (HRA) will be required The HRA is an overall assessment process, which involves a number of stages including screening and Appropriate Assessment. The process seeks to identify any potential ‘likely significant effects’ (LSE) which may impact upon the designated site, either alone or in-combination with other plans and projects.

 

Policy Background Government policy or guidance:

• National Planning Policy Framework – paragraphs 109 – 119 • National Planning Practice Guidance – Natural Environment section Development Plan: Newcastle and Gateshead Core Strategy Policy CS18 Newcastle Unitary Development Plan Policies NC1.1, NC1.2, NC1.3 (in part), NC1.4, NC1.5, NC1.6 and NC1.7 Gateshead Unitary Development Policies DC1 (d), ENV44, ENV46, ENV47, ENV48, ENV49, ENV50 and ENV51 South Tyneside Core Strategy Policies ST1, EA1 and EA3 Development Management Policies DM1 and DM7 Area Action Plan Policies SS13 and J11 North Tyneside Local Plan (2017) S5.4, DM5.5, DM5.6, DM5.7

 

Area specific requirements and further information:

• Bat Conservation Trust http://www.bats.org.uk/ • Natural England website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england • Northumberland Biodiversity Action Plan http://www.nwt.org.uk/northumberland-BAP • Durham Biodiversity Action Plan https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/3918/Biodiversity

 

14. Flood Risk and Drainage Assessments

When is this required?

All planning applications for:

 

What information is required?

For both residential extensions and non-residential extensions of less than 250 square metres in a local authority identified critical drainage area and Flood Risk Zones 2 and 3, a simple flood risk assessment is required using the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/flood-risk-assessment-standing-advice#minor…

Otherwise, a Flood Risk Assessment should identify and assess the risks of all forms of flooding to and from the development and demonstrate how these flood risks will be managed, taking climate change into account.

A Flood Risk Assessment should include the following information:

Zone 1 • Existing flood risk to the site from localised sources & impact of development upon run off rates; • Design measures proposed to mitigate run off rates (SUDS).

Zone 2 • Existing flood risk to the site from all sources & potential impact of development upon flood risk only (High level assessment only); • Design measures proposed to mitigate risk of flooding, and their impact (details should include floor levels, ground levels, evacuation routes, SUDS.

Zone 3• Existing flood risk to the site from all sources (e.g. flood depth, flow routes, flood velocity, defence failure); • Potential impact of development upon flood risk; • Design measures proposed to mitigate risk of flooding, and their impact (details should include floor levels, ground levels, evacuation routes, SUDS).

 

Applications for new development in Flood Zones 2 and 3 should contain a sequential testing statement (except for householder extensions, non-residential extensions of less than 250sq. metres or renewable energy proposals) which should demonstrate to the local authority that there are no reasonably available alternative sites where the proposed development could be sited within an area of lower flood risk. It is recommended that applicants consider and apply the sequential approach prior to the submission of a full application to avoid unnecessary costs due to planning permission being refused.

The applicant needs to submit the following evidence to allow the local authority to consider the sequential test:

  • • A written statement explaining the area of search;
  • • A map identifying all other sites considered within lower areas of flood risk;
  • • A written statement explaining why the alternative sites listed within lower areas of flood risk are not reasonably available.

However, if the sequential test is passed there are still some vulnerable types of development that should not normally be allowed in Flood Zones 2 and 3 unless there are exceptional circumstances. These circumstances are established by using the Exception Test. More information on this can be found at the relevant section of National Planning Practice Guidance on Flood Risk and Coastal Change - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/flood-risk-and-coastal-change)

For the exception test to be passed it has to satisfy each of the following three tests:

  • • It must be demonstrated that the proposed development provides significant wider sustainability benefits to the community that outweighs flood risk;
  • • The development must be on previously developed land;
  • • A Flood Risk Assessment submitted with the application must demonstrate that the development will be safe without increasing flood risk elsewhere and where possible reduce flood risk overall.

Policy Background

Government policy or guidance: • National Planning Policy Framework - paragraphs 99-108• National Planning Practice Guidance – Flood Risk and Coastal Change section • Environment Agency Standing Advice Development and Flood Risk https://www.gov.uk/guidance/flood-risk-assessment-for-planning-applications  Development Plan: Newcastle and Gateshead Core Strategy Policy CS17 Flood Risk and Water Management Gateshead Unitary Development Plan Policy DC1 (j) South Tyneside Core Strategy Policies ST2, EA2 and EA5 Area Action Plan Policies SS13 and J11 Development Management Policy DM1 North Tyneside Local Plan (2017) S5.10, S5.11, DM5.12, DM5.13, DM5.14, DM5.15 Area specific requirements and further information: • CIRIA: Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems - http://www.ciria.org.uk/

 

19. Noise Assessment

When is this required?

A noise impact assessment prepared by a suitably qualified acoustician should support applications that raise issues of disturbance, or are considered to be noise sensitive developments. A noise survey/sound insulation details may be required for the following types of application:

  • • Changes of use to Class A3 (restaurants, snack bars, cafes), A4 (nightclub), A5 (takeaways), D1 (places of worship, church halls, clinics, health centres, crèches, day nurseries, consulting rooms), D2 (cinemas, music, concert halls, dance, sports halls, swimming baths, skating rinks, gymnasiums, other indoor and outdoor sports and leisure uses, bingo halls and casinos);
  • • New residential development adjacent to classified roads (including trunk roads and motorways), or adjacent to railway or metro lines, the airport, or existing industrial uses (except Class B1);
  • • New residential development near to licensed premises and cultural venues;
  • • New industrial development close to existing residential development.
  • • Minerals and waste development
  • • Energy generation development

In addition, a vibration survey may be required if a development is proposed adjacent to a railway line.

What information is required?

A noise impact assessment prepared by a suitably qualified acoustician should support applications that raise issues of disturbance or are considered to be noise sensitive developments. Sound insulation details may be required for the types of application named in the above list.

The Noise Impact Assessment should outline the potential sources of noise generation, and how these may have a negative effect on local amenity and environmental receptors particularly on sites in close proximity to nationally and internationally designated sites. The assessment should also outline how the developer intends to overcome these issues. For developments likely to be affected by noise associated with the strategic road network, please contact Highways England for details of its noise assessment requirements.

Policy Background

Government policy or guidance:

• National Planning Policy Framework - paragraph 123 • The Calculation of Road Traffic Noise (DEFRA, 1988) • The Calculation of Railway Noise (Department of Transport, 1995) • National Planning Practice Guidance – Noise section • The Noise Policy Statement for England Development Plan: Newcastle and Gateshead Core Strategy Policy CS14 Newcastle Unitary Development Plan Policies Development Control Policy Statement 22, POL7, POL8, POL9 and POL11 Gateshead Unitary Development Plan Policies DC1 (h), DC2 (a), DC2(c), ENV61, ENV62, MWR2, MWR25 and MWR32 (e) South Tyneside Development Management Policy DM1North Tyneside Local Plan (2017) DM5.19 Area specific requirements and further information: • The International Standard for Assessment of Environmental Noise ISO 1996; • Acoustics – Description and Measurement of Environmental Noise" is the principal standard referred to for environmental noise assessment; • BS 4142 – Method for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound (British Standards Institution 2014); • BS 8233 – Code of Practice for Sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings; (British Standards Institution 2014) • World Health Organisation Guidelines for Community Noise (1999); • World Health Organisation Night Noise Guidelines for Europe (2009).

 

29. Tree Survey and/or Statement of Arboricultural Implications of Development

When is this required?

Where a development site includes trees, where the canopies of trees on an adjacent site overhang the site boundary, or where there are street trees along the site frontage that would be affected by the development proposal.

What information is required?

All trees should be accurately shown on a scaled plan with the following information:

Species; height in metres; stem diameter in metres at 1.5 metres above adjacent ground level or immediately above the roof flare for multi-stemmed trees; branch spread in metres taken at north, south, east and west points; height in metres of the lowest part of the canopy above ground level.

However, the following details will also be required where a tree is protected by a TPO or the site is located in a Conservation Area: Age class (young, middle aged, mature, over-mature, veteran); physiological condition (e.g. good, fair, poor, dead); structural condition (e.g. collapsing, the presence of any decay and physical defect); preliminary management recommendations, including further investigation of suspected defects that require more detailed assessment and potential for wildlife habitat; estimated remaining contribution in years (e.g. less than 10, 10-20, 20-40, more than 40); category grading (see BS5837: 2012 Trees in Relation to Construction – Recommendations).

For all development proposals, it should be clearly identified which trees are to be felled, together with the reasons for removing those trees. Where trees are shown as to be retained, the means of protecting those trees during construction works will need to be specified. A suitably qualified and experienced arboriculturalist should prepare this information in accordance with BS 5837: 2012. This should include a tree survey, Tree Constraint Plan (TCP), Aboricultural Implications Assessment (AIA) and where appropriate an Aboricultural Method Statement (AMS) with a Tree Protection Plan.

Policy Background

Government policy or guidance:

National Planning Policy Framework – paragraph 118 Development Plan: Newcastle and Gateshead Core Strategy Policy CS18 Newcastle Unitary Development Plan Policies EN3 and EN3.2 Gateshead Unitary Development Plan Policies ENV7 (d) and ENV44 South Tyneside Core Strategy Policy EA1 Development Management Policy DM1 North Tyneside Local Plan (2017) DM5.9 Area specific requirements and further information: • Paragraph 4.2.4 of BS 5837: 2012 ‘Trees in relation to construction - Recommendations’ offers advice on how to identify trees on adjacent land that could influence the development; • Sections 4 to 6 of BS 5837: 2012 contain detailed guidance on survey information and plans that should be provided. Using the methodology set out in the Standard should help to ensure that development is suitably integrated with trees and that potential conflicts are avoided; • Sections 7 to 12 of BS 5837: 2012 contain detailed guidance on protecting trees that are to be retained both within and outside the proposed site that could be affected by the development.

 

31. Sunlight/Daylight/Microclimate Assessment

When is this required?

a) When a proposed development is in close proximity to the windows of habitable rooms of an existing residential development and is likely to significantly affect the sunlight and/or daylight levels to those windows;

b) When a proposed residential development, because of its proximity to either existing buildings or other proposed buildings within the development, is likely to receive low levels of sunlight and/or daylight to habitable rooms;

c) When the scale and form of a development is likely to result in significant shadowing impacts upon neighbouring properties or land;

d) When the scale of the development proposed would result in micro-climatic conditions that could result in wind levels affecting pedestrian and vehicle movement outside of the building.

Please note that these requirements will normally only apply when developments propose buildings in close proximity to each other or where tall buildings are proposed. You should seek advice from your Local Planning Authority in advance, normally through the pre-application process, as to when these studies will be a validation requirement. These assessments may also form part of a Design and Access Statement (see section 8).

Please note: This section is not a validation requirement in South Tyneside.

What information is required?

The assessment should be carried out in accordance with the British Research Establishment document Site Layout Planning for Daylight and Sunlight – A guide to Good Practice 2nd edition. Daylight, vertical sky component, sunlight availability, average daylight factor and shadow studies should be undertaken and assessed against the criteria set out in the BRE document.

Wind tunnel modelling will be required to assess the impact of new development will have on a local wind environment and any consequential effects on pedestrian comfort and safety.

Policy Background

Development Plan: Newcastle and Gateshead Core Strategy Policy CS14 Newcastle Unitary Development Plan Policy H2 Gateshead Unitary Development Plan Policies DC2 (a and b) and ENV3 Area specific requirements and further informationhttp://www.brebookshop.com/samples/326792.pdf https://www.right-of-light.co.uk/

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