7 Feb 2022

Key development constraints to watch out for

Common constraints and elements to ensure a development is sustainable include resolving issues around…

  • Density, format and design of the buildings and land use
  • Access and highways including near-site highways improvements. This may include traffic flow, speed management and vehicle access
  • Flood risk/ water management and drainage issues
  • Cycle-links
  • Public rights of way
  • Proximity to services and facilities (shops, pubs, Churches and other places of worship, village halls, railway stations, etc.)
  • Ecology (trees and hedgerows)
  • Topography
  • Heritage both above and below ground and including historic and archaeological features
  • Noise
  • Air quality
  • Resident wildlife, protected species and potential habitats
  • Allocation of open space (equipped play areas, sports pitches, allotments, community orchards, etc.)
  • Ground conditions, especially in relation to ground stability, contaminants and residual building work
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and other landscape designations or constraints
  • Any other land use designation
  • What the site would contribute in terms of public benefit such as the New Homes Bonus, Section 106 Contributions, the Community Infrastructure Levy, onsite open space and landscaping, etc.

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