COM1 Education, Health, Community and Cultural Facilities

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Policy COM1 Education, Health, Community and Cultural Facilities

Where necessary land will be reserved for education, health, community and cultural uses either through a zoning or key site requirement on a land use zoning as designated in the Local Policies Plan.

A proposal for development of new or enhanced education, health, community or cultural facilities will be permitted where it meets the General Policy and accords with other provisions of the LDP. New facilities must also be located in appropriate and accessible locations within settlements where there is good connectivity with public transport and active travel infrastructure.

A proposal for alternative use of an existing education, health, community or cultural facility or on lands identified in the LDP for such uses will not be granted, unless in exceptional circumstances where it can be demonstrated that the existing facility/designated site has become surplus to requirements and is not viable for an alternative community use.

Justification and Amplification

This policy also applies to residential care homes and nursing homes.

As unforeseen demand for new education, health, community or cultural facilities may arise over the lifetime of the LDP, this policy facilitates a flexible approach to respond to the need and also to make the most effective use of existing facilities and infrastructure within settlements.

The protection of existing facilities or committed sites for new facilities is particularly important where these are in highly accessible locations for all members of the community. Where a proposal involves change of use or redevelopment of an existing education, health, community or cultural facility for an alternative use, evidence must be provided to confirm that it is no longer required and that it cannot be used for an alternative community infrastructure use.

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