VISION, AIMS & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES for Sutton
"Sutton parish (Bedfordshire) will maintain its character and rural identity; it will protect and enhance its heritage and natural environment whilst offering its residents suitable and affordable housing as well as encouraging sustainable local businesses to thrive within its area. Sutton parish will value its tranquil and recreational setting. Parishioners of all ages will feel safe, be proud to live in Sutton and will be able to live a sustainable, healthy and active lifestyle."
A. To protect the rural, tranquil and recreational character of Sutton parish, conserving and enhancing the attractiveness of the countryside, the landscape and biodiversity.
B. To maintain countryside gaps between Sutton and the surrounding towns and villages to prevent coalescence between settlements and ensure that the village remains a small and discreet rural settlement.
C. To reinforce the rural character and local distinctiveness by retaining, expanding and enhancing hedgerows, trees, woodlands, watercourses, ditches and key views within Sutton.
D. To preserve and enhance Sutton’s extensive natural and ecological environments, ensuring that habitats are protected and enhanced.
E. To preserve, and where practical enhance, Sutton’s dark skies, natural resources and exposed geology.
F. To recognise the importance of green spaces; to protect and enhance the existing green spaces, to improve access to green spaces and to designate new green spaces for wildlife, residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy.
G. To improve, extend and enhance the safety, quality and connectivity of the rights of way network for walking, horse-riding and cycling within the parish and into adjoining parishes.
H. To preserve and enhance the rich heritage and character of the parish, including the ford, packhorse bridge, Church of All Saints, the conservation area, listed buildings and their settings, and the historical landscape.
I. To retain and enhance the existing important community assets, and provide new community assets, sympathetic to the scale, character and rural nature of the parish.
J. To provide and improve facilities for people of all ages.
K. To support a mix of housing, in accordance with the findings of the Housing Needs Survey, based on current and future demographic trends, market trends and the needs of different groups in the parish.
L. To ensure that any developments are small scale, well designed, are of the highest quality, positively contribute to or improve the local infrastructure and reflect the local and rural character of the parish.
M. To support small scale local businesses and ensure the impact of new business development is sustainable, and in keeping with the rural and agricultural character of the area.
N. To support opportunities for reducing the speed and volume of motorised traffic, as well as improving the parking arrangements in Sutton Village.
O. To minimise and mitigate any negative impacts of development affecting Sutton parish.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES
Sustainable development for Sutton means that development should be:
• At an appropriate scale for the parish and in locations where it supports the community;
• Of a high standard of design, reflecting the character of the surroundings;
• Contributing towards community infrastructure and supporting community cohesion;
• Providing support for home-working and home-based businesses, including the provision of ultrafast (fibre-optic) broadband connections;
• Meeting the latest construction, energy efficiency and water management standards;
• Providing support for sustainable transport opportunities, including walking, cycling and electric vehicles.
The following adverse impacts must be avoided or, where justified, mitigated:
• The loss of or damage to wildlife habitats and hedgerows and trees;
• The loss of or damage to tranquillity;
• The loss or inappropriate diversion of public rights of ways;
• The loss or damage to heritage assets;
• Avoidable intrusion into open countryside;
• A loss of amenity for existing residential properties and reduced efficiency for nearby businesses;
• Overloading existing utilities and services (electricity, water, drainage, sewage and waste).