-are areas that are economically prosperous
-have decent homes at a price people can afford
-safeguard the countryside
-enjoy a well-designed, accessible and pleasant living and working environment; and
-are effectively and fairly represented and governed, with a strong sense of community.
(Source: DETR: Sustainable communities ? building for the future, 2003, www.communities.gov.uk/documents/ communities/pdf/146289.pdf)