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Environment, Sustainability & Design

Mini vision - Approve provision and contribution to maintenance from the developers for a new linear park running East to West to meet the following objectives.

  1. Create an accessible open space linked feature in which to promote outdoor informal recreation.
  2. Provide sustainable travel options and encouraging healthy living and social interaction by providing attractive walking and cycling links from the existing town centre to the new developments.
  3. Build high quality, energy efficient design of the built environment.

Where the linear park passes through the Strategic Urban Extension (SUE) it should be clearly marked out in the SUE masterplan, and in all outline and detailed planning permissions.The landscaping, cycle path and footpath details should be approved as part of approval of planning conditions for the SUE and any alterations will be developed and submitted for approval.

Seek to maintain tree cover and hedging

For every tree felled, replacement planting by at least five trees, of various sizes, will be sought either on the same site or as close as is feasible.

Mature tree cover, in the conservation area in particular where trees are particularly important to the character on Surrogate Street and Church Street and on Station Road, is an essential element of the town's charm.

All new buildings should achieve high quality energy efficient design.

Prepare a design guide jointly by the developers and the ATC for the SUE.

Aim to demonstrate the standards sought to meet the aspiration for East Anglia to lead in achievement of a sustainable environment. Attleborough can become known for its new development being as sustainable as possible, using the region's best practice to demonstrate the use of appropriate materials, building methodology, energy and water sources and waste management.

Improve existing open spaces

The Attleborough Town Council will seek local views on how the already collected or approved developer contributions to Improving existing open spaces should be spent. To seek to designate significant tree avenues In Attleborough and to work with the landowners to protect, maintain and renew them.

Improve water environment, fisheries, river quality and reduce flood risk

Efficient surface water drainage systems will be expected with all new developments.

Wetland, watercourses and groundwater can be vulnerable to polluted road run-off containing road salt and other contaminants, so sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) should be incorporated in all new developments. These can include lagoons and reed beds and other measures designed to improve water quality before it enters streams or is allowed to soak away.

Protect existing landscape features: trees, hedges, plants, streams, ponds and rivers

Landscape features - trees, plants, streams, ponds and rivers - play a vital role in bringing down temperatures, promoting wildlife diversity and preventing flooding.

Enhancement of this and protecting archaeological features will be sought from all developments

The Breckland Core Strategy policy CP 10 and emerging Local Plan policies will be used as a guide to expectations in the development control process. The new habitats and connection of existing areas will be sought to form an ecological network identified in the Norfolk and Breckland District Ecological Network Mapping Report.

The linear park and proposed green corridor between Decoy Common and Gaymers will create habitats for wildlife but also make a network of foot and cycle paths wherever possible.

Walkable neighbourhoods lower our carbon footprints by walking and cycling which will also keep us more active and healthy, meeting our healthy town vision as well.

Improve built design quality

ANP area all new development is to be high quality, energy efficient design in terms of both architecture and landscape. It should embrace opportunities to enhance the character and appearance of the area and contribute to creating a sense of local distinctiveness.

The use of distinctive 21st century design and materials, especially innovative use of materials from the local eastern region will be encouraged.

Design of new buildings and infrastructure should follow national policy and guidance for development that is:

  • Part of the setting to listed buildings;
  • In areas of high landscape sensitivity;
  • Located in the Conservation Area.

Independent Design Review will be expected for large projects or those located where design is highly sensitive.