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PPS1 describes good design - that which promotes, reinforces or epitomises sustainability - as something that:

l Is indivisible from 'good planning.' l Promotes the development of renewable energy resources, and factors in climate change.

l Seeks to maintain and improve the local environment and help to mitigate the effects of declining environmental quality.

l Creates well-mixed and integrated developments which avoid segregation.

l Goes far beyond aesthetic considerations.

l Meets planning authorities' robust policies on design and access - based on stated objectives for the future of the area and an understanding and evaluation of its present defining characteristics.

l Avoids unnecessary prescription or detail. 'Local planning authorities should not attempt to impose architectural styles or particular tastes and they should not stifle innovation, originality or initiative through unsubstantiated requirements to conform to certain development forms or styles.

It is, however, proper to seek to promote or reinforce local distinctiveness? Design which fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of an area should not be accepted.'

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