Initial planning applications for some of the thousands of homes proposed around Barnham are due to be submitted this year.
The first batch of formal proposals for the 3,000 dwellings is being prepared by the developers of the Barnham/Eastergate/Westergate scheme.
News of the progress being made was given by Arun District Council’s director of place, Karl Roberts, to councillors last week.
Members of the planning policy sub-committee agreed 29 design principles which the builders will be expected to stick to.
“The principles will be a material consideration in the assessment and determination of any application,” he said. “…the intention of the principles is to have a positive impact, such as helping to address loneliness which could be regarded as impacting upon older persons more than other population groups.”
Among the principles is the need to promote low carbon energy technologies and take account of the increase in electric vehicles.
Encouraging households to reduce, reuse and recycle will also be expected along with ensuring properties are accessible and have gigabit capable internet access.
Cllr Isabel Thurston (G, Barnham) said: “I hope to see all these wonderful ambitions really happen and that we can bring the developers with us to the point where there is no backtracking on this.”
The site for the large-scale housing development is allocated in Arun’s local plan land use blueprint.