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POLICY EP4 - Design Standards for Employment Sites

Proposals for employment purposes should provide for adequate infrastructure and the protection of the amenity of surrounding land uses by:-

  1. limiting development proposals for sites adjacent to residential areas or other noise sensitive uses to specific Class B uses or restricting hours of operation where this would protect amenity;
  2. orientating buildings and operations away from residential or other sensitive areas, andlimiting door, window and loading bay openings in buildings facing such areas to a minimum;
  3. providing a buffer between buildings and land used for employment purposes and existing residential curtilages (the buffer should include landscaping, fencing, acoustic bunding, screen planting and noise attenuation measures as appropriate and exclude buildings and vehicle parking and manoeuvring);
  4. incorporating a landscaping scheme which respects or enhances existing site features, makes provision for amenity open space areas, includes perimeter screen planting, and integrates with other aspects of the development;
  5. ensuring that outdoor storage areas are kept to a minimum and where essential that they are appropriately designed and screened;
  6. providing appropriate environmental protection by ensuring satisfactory means for the disposal of trade effluent and the storage of waste by-products and waste awaiting disposal;
  7. incorporate pedestrian and cycle links to residential areas and existing footpaths, togetherwith access for public transport vehicles where appropriate and include measures for improving access by employees by alternative means of transport including Green Transport Plans; and
  8. not permitting proposals where the traffic generated is likely to cause serious nuisance to adjacent uses, or lead to a significant increase in environmental disturbance caused by heavy goods vehicle movements on the local road network.

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