Policy TOU3 All Tourism Development in the Countryside
Within Special Countryside Areas and other ‘Vulnerable Areas’28 in the countryside, a proposal for tourism development will only be permitted where it meets the exceptions or circumstances specified in the LDP policy for the particular designation.
Outside of Special Countryside Areas and other ‘Vulnerable Areas’ in the countryside, a proposal for a tourism development will be permitted where it meets the requirements of the relevant tourism policy.
All proposals for tourism development in the countryside must also:
meet the General Policy; and
accord with other provisions of the LDP.
Justification and Amplification
This policy applies to all tourism development in the countryside and aligns with the LDP Tourism Strategy set out in Part 1 of the draft Plan Strategy. Accordingly, all the succeeding policies relating to specific forms of tourism development in the countryside must comply with this overarching policy, in addition to meeting the bespoke policy requirements.
The General Policy criteria are intended to achieve satisfactory and sustainable forms of development and a high standard of design. The General Policy criteria will therefore be used to assess all proposals for tourism development in the countryside.
Good design is particularly important for tourism development in any location because the ability to attract tourists will often be influenced by the visual quality of the development and its success in reflecting local character and distinctiveness. It is also of particular importance in the rural context that tourism development proposals take full account of the General Policy criteria relating to the countryside.