Policy: D1 Key principles – guidance and design statement

All new development should be designed with the following key principles:

a. To provide good enclosure to the public realm with buildings of appropriate scale that create an active frontage.
b. To develop or reinforce a strong identity or sense of place, taking into account existing elements of the townscape or landscape that give the place local character.
c. To create a place that has a high level of community safety and security.
d. To create a place that is inclusive and accessible to all.
e. To ensure proposals will be well connected in sustainable ways and integrated into its neighbourhood. This includes the use of green infrastructure and sustainable connectivity via walking and cycle routes.
f. To ensure residential accommodation is within short walking distance of local facilities including community facilities, public transport, greenspace, shops and places to work.
g. To ensure development proposals use materials that are sustainable and positively enhance local character.

For residential development of more than 10 dwellings, Applicants will be required to demonstrate how these principles have been achieved with reference to further design guidance including “The Cornwall Design Guide” “The Newquay Character Statement” and “Building for Life”.

Development in Nansledan (part of the Growth Area) will be expected to follow the principles of the Masterplan, Building codes and Design and Community Codes.

Significant development proposals must seek input from the Cornwall Design Review Panel and demonstrate how guidance has been considered and design principles met within a comprehensive Design & Access Statement.

Policy: D2 Scale and location of development

All development proposals that are considered to have a detrimental impact on views of the local townscape, skyline or landscape, due to their height, scale or location will not be supported. Proposals should take account of the objectives for character areas set out in the “Newquay Character Statement” and be accompanied by accurate visualisations from surrounding key vantage points including at a longer distance from the immediate area, such as a formal landscape and visual impact assessment.

Developments of blocks of flats and commercial development over two stories must submit a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment in compliance with the most up to date guidelines set out by the Landscape Institute.

Policy: D3 – Shopfront design

Proposals for new shopfronts or signs that comply with the principles set out in the Cornwall Shopfront Design Guide and respect the issues and opportunities set out in the Newquay Shopfront Appendix will be supported. Proposals that remove or hide elements of historic fabric will not be supported. High quality contemporary design or well detailed traditional design will be supported where it does not lead to the removal historic fabric and complements the character of the building it is set within.

Policy:  D4 – Public realm design

Proposals for improvements to  the public realm (including roads, streets, green spaces, or hard landscaped areas) will  be supported where  they are accessible, inclusive, contribute to the sense of place, reflect the local character are easily legible and minimise clutter. Any street furniture should be chosen to minimise anti-social behaviour and enhance the overall appearance and use of the town.

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