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Flintshire County Council Unitary Development Plan 2000-2015
Adopted 28th September 2011

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Chapter 3

Part I Policies

Relevant Strategic Aims
All strategic aims are relevant
Policy Objectives
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Policy List
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  1. Strategic framework - to translate the aims and objectives of the Plan strategy into a strategic framework that guides the implementation of the Plan through detailed policies and proposals
  2. Provision for development - to indicate the overall provision in the County for housing, employment and other major development

STR1 New Development

STR2 Transport and Communications

STR3 Employment

STR4 Housing

STR5 Shopping Centres and Commercial Development

STR6 Tourism

STR7 Natural Environment

STR8 Built Environment

STR9 Welsh Language and Culture

STR10 Resources

STR11 Sport, Leisure and Recreation

Indicators of Policy Performance
Targets
  1. Amount and proportion of new development on brownfield land
  2. Amount and proportion of major developments located on sites which have good access by public transport, cycling and on foot
  3. Amount and proportion of new employment development in main industrial areas
 

 

3 Part I Policies

Introduction

3.1 The Plan’s strategy, comprising of an overall vision, strategy aims and themes together with their spatial expression ‘on the ground’, form the basis for the Plan’s Part I or strategic policies. These are the key guiding policies on major issues or topic areas and provide a strategic policy framework for the more detailed policies in Part II of the Plan.

 

STR1 New Development

New development will be:

  1. generally located within existing settlement boundaries, allocations, development zones, principal employment areas and suitable brownfield sites and will only be permitted outside these areas where it is essential to have an open countryside location;
  2. required to incorporate high standards of design which are appropriate to the building, site and locality, maximise the efficient use of resources, minimise the use of non-renewable resources and minimise the generation of waste and pollution;
  3. required to create a safe, healthy and secure environment and protect standards of residential and other amenity;
  4. required to respect community identity and social cohesion including the adequacy and accessibility of community facilities and services;
  5. required to respect physical and natural environmental considerations such as flooding and land stability;
  6. required to minimise or negate pollution to air, water and land; and
  7. assessed in terms of a precautionary approach whereby development proposals that would have a significant and uncertain environmental, social, economic or cultural impact, will be refused, in the absence of the best available information which proves that the impact can be negated or mitigated through proper risk control measures.

STR2 Transport and Communications

In order to facilitate a safe, efficient and integrated transport and communications system and improve accessibility throughout the County, new development will be expected to incorporate, wherever practicable, the following requirements:

  1. minimising the number and length of journeys especially by private car;
  2. making the best use of existing roads and addressing congestion and safety issues through traffic management and calming measures;
  3. enabling the efficient use of and improvements to public transport;
  4. enabling alternative means of travel including cycling and walking;
  5. facilitating the transfer of freight from road to rail or water; and
  6. facilitating the provision and use of telecommunications.

STR3 Employment

The Plan will facilitate a diverse and sustainable economy through:

  1. the provision of 300 ha of employment land over the Plan period;
  2. the provision of a range of type and size of employment sites;
  3. enabling new employment generating development mainly within or adjoining existing settlements, in principal employment areas, development zones, on allocated sites and suitable brownfield sites and through the sensitive conversion of rural buildings and other appropriate rural diversification initiatives;
  4. existing employment sites and buildings being retained, where necessary and practicable, for that use; and
  5. appropriate expansion of existing firms and businesses.

STR4 Housing

The Plan will seek to provide for the housing needs of the County through:

  1. the provision of 7,400 new dwellings over the Plan period;
  2. distributing new housing across the County based on a settlement hierarchy comprising category A (urban centres), B (semi urban / main villages) and C (rural / small villages);
  3. the provision of a range of type and size of housing sites including key sites at Flint, Mold, Buckley, Connah’s Quay, Penyffordd, and Broughton;
  4. the provision of a range of housing including affordable and special needs housing where there is a demonstrable need; and
  5. making the most efficient and effective use of housing sites and existing housing stock and facilitating, where appropriate, the residential conversion of existing buildings.

STR5 Shopping Centres and Commercial Development

The Plan will seek to maintain and enhance the vitality, attractiveness and viability of existing town, district, and local centres by:

  1. adopting a sequential approach to the location of new retail development whereby town centre, then edge of centre sites, then district / local centres are considered and discounted, before consideration is given to out of centre locations;
  2. resisting development which would be harmful to the vitality, attractiveness and viability of nearby centres;
  3. facilitating a wide range of appropriate shopping, commercial, entertainment, transport, leisure, community and cultural facilities within identified centres commensurate with their size and character;
  4. identifying sites for commercial development at Broughton Retail Park, Buckley, Connah’s Quay, Flint, and Mold;
  5. utilising upper floors for residential or other appropriate uses; and
  6. seeking environmental improvements / enhancements.

STR6 Tourism

Development which enhances tourism in the County will be permitted provided that:

  1. the needs of both visitors and residents are met;
  2. it is of a scale and type appropriate to the locality; and
  3. wherever possible, it either assists in the regeneration of brownfield land or buildings, or contribute to rural diversification.

STR7 Natural Environment

The natural environment of Flintshire will be safeguarded by:

  1. protecting the open character and appearance of strategic green barriers around and between settlements;
  2. protecting and enhancing the character, appearance and features of the open countryside and the undeveloped coast;
  3. protecting and enhancing areas, features and corridors of nature conservation, biodiversity and landscape quality both in urban and rural areas, including urban greenspace;
  4. protecting and enhancing the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty;
  5. protecting and enhancing the Dee Estuary;
  6. the protection and enhancement of the water environment; and
  7. the protection of the quality of land, soil and air.

STR8 Built Environment

The built environment of the County will be protected and enhanced in terms of:

  1. the setting and integrity of the historic environment of the County, including listed buildings, conservation areas, archaeology and historic landscapes, parks and gardens; and
  2. the regeneration of areas through the sensitive improvement, renovation, and redevelopment of appropriate suitable brownfield land and buildings.

STR9 Welsh Language and Culture

Development proposals should have regard to and where appropriate reinforce the Welsh language and cultural identity of the community and area.

STR10 Resources

Development will be required to make the best use of resources through:

  1. the utilisation of suitable brownfield land and buildings wherever practicable in preference to green field land or land with ecological, environmental or recreation value;
  2. making the most efficient and practicable use of buildings and land in terms of density, siting and layout;
  3. the winning and working of mineral resources including secondary aggregates provided that they do not have an unacceptable impact on the environment and amenity, and also through the protection of mineral resources from development in order to safeguard Flintshire’s contribution to meeting regional and national demand;
  4. minimising the production, transport and disposal of resources and waste in accordance with the waste management hierarchy which is based around reduction, re-use and material recovery (including recycling and composting), energy recovery with effective use of waste heat, and safe disposal using the proximity principle;
  5. utilising clean, renewable and sustainable energy generation where environmentally acceptable in preference to non renewable energy generation and incorporating energy efficiency and conservation measures in new development;
  6. the protection of water resources; and
  7. the utilisation wherever possible of secondary and recycled materials as part of new development.

STR11 Sport, Leisure and Recreation

The sporting, leisure and recreational needs of the County will be met through:

  1. ensuring that new facilities are of a scale and type appropriate to the locality, and in the case of major development proposals, adopt a sequential approach to site location whereby town and district centres, then edge of centre sites are considered and discounted before consideration is given to other sites;
  2. preventing development which would undermine the function or value of
    designated green spaces or undesignated green corridors or networks, unless satisfactory mitigation measures can be drawn up;
  3. existing allotments, playing fields, play areas and informal recreation areas and other recreational open space being retained where necessary and practicable for that use;
  4. requiring the provision of play areas, and other facilities as part of new residential development;
  5. the allocation of new sites for outdoor play areas;
  6. protecting and enhancing the recreational value of the Dee Estuary Corridor;
  7. protecting and improving existing public rights of way;
  8. safeguarding disused former railway lines where there is a realistic prospect of securing alternative transport related or recreational uses.

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