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Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

Policy SP1: Growth Strategy

Representation ID: 9422

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Planning Prospects

Agent: Planning Prospects

Representation:

POLICY - concern with complying with NPPF
GREEN BELT - loss of greenbelt not justified; reasonable alternatives exist in non-GB settlements

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The NPPF is clear that Local Plans should ensure there is a wide range of sites allocated for housing development to ensure delivery of required housing, in both urban and rural areas. Policy SP1 sets out a growth strategy that relies on medium and small scale extensions to existing towns and villages but only on sites allocated in the plan. SP1 sets out that planning applications for all other development will be refused. Potton is a town identified as a Minor Service Centre but only one small housing site allocation has been identified in Potton for just 12 new homes to be delivered over the Plan period 2015 to 2035. This is disproportionately low for a sustainable settlement like Potton and further sites should be allocated. This is particularly the case where a future release of Green Belt land is anticipated in Central Bedfordshire. Green Belt release should be seen as a last resort, particularly so where there are otherwise sustainable development sites, such as land to the south of Sandy Road in Potton, that are available for development.
See attached document promoting residential allocation of land to the south of Sandy Road, Potton which is a sustainable location for residential development.

Object

Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

Policy SP1: Growth Strategy

Representation ID: 9427

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Planning Prospects

Agent: Planning Prospects

Representation:

POLICY - not comply with NPPF
RESASONABLE ALTERNATIVES - site is a reasonable alternative
GREEN BELT - should be released as last resort; reasonable alternatives exist at large villages outside GB

04

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The NPPF is clear that Local Plans should ensure there is a wide range of sites allocated for housing development to ensure delivery of required housing, in both urban and rural areas. Policy SP1 sets out a growth strategy that relies on medium and small scale extensions to existing towns and villages but only on sites allocated in the plan. SP1 sets out that planning applications for all other development will be refused. Clifton is a Large Village (the largest in Central Bedfordshire (North)) but no housing site allocation has been identified in Clifton over the Plan period 2015 to 2035. This is disproportionately low for a sustainable settlement like Clifton and further sites should be allocated. This is particularly the case where a future release of Green Belt land is anticipated in Central Bedfordshire. Green Belt release should be seen as a last resort, particularly so where there are otherwise sustainable development sites, such as land off Broad Street, Clifton that are available for development.
See attached document promoting residential allocation of land off Broad Street, Clifton which is a sustainable location for residential development.

Object

Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

Policy SP5: Preventing Coalescence and Important Countryside Gaps

Representation ID: 9430

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Planning Prospects

Agent: Planning Prospects

Representation:

POLICY - Approach unduly protects large swathes of countryside. Should remain suitably permissive in relation to development proposals that can be sensitively integrated into their wider setting
REASONABLE ALTERNATIVES - Promoting alternative residential site in Potton

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It is essential that the proposed approach to preventing coalescence and protecting important countryside gaps as currently set out through draft policy SP5 is robustly justified and supported by criteria based policies. The policy wording should not represent an approach that seeks to unduly protect large swathes of countryside (including between settlements) and should remain suitably permissive in relation to development proposals that can be sensitively integrated into their wider setting.
Please see attached document promoting residential allocation of land to the south of Sandy Road, Potton which should not be included as part of a protected countryside gap as the site is very well contained and does not contribute towards any intrinsic features of the surrounding countryside. Equally, development of this site would not cause coalescence to any neighbouring settlements. Clearly, the site does not meet any of the policy criteria to justify its inclusion as a Policy SP5 site.

Object

Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

Policy SP5: Preventing Coalescence and Important Countryside Gaps

Representation ID: 9445

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Planning Prospects

Agent: Planning Prospects

Representation:

POLICY - Approach unduly protects large swathes of countryside. Should remain suitably permissive in relation to development proposals that can be sensitively integrated into their wider setting
REASONABLE ALTERNATIVES - Promoting alternative residential site at Clifton

04

Full text:

It is essential that the proposed approach to preventing coalescence and protecting important countryside gaps as currently set out through draft policy SP5 is robustly justified and supported by criteria based policies. The policy wording should not represent an approach that seeks to unduly protect large swathes of countryside (including between settlements) and should remain suitably permissive in relation to development proposals that can be sensitively integrated into their wider setting.
Please see attached document promoting residential allocation of land off Broad Street, Clifton which should not be included as part of a protected countryside gap. We consider that doing so fails to take account the true context of the site within Clifton, which if developed could not reasonably be seen to result in coalescence of Clifton and Henlow and would not result in prominent changes to the characteristics of the wider landscape or affect the integrity of any landscape relevant designations. Sensitive development of the site would not result in any significant adverse impacts upon landscape character, landscape features or views and appropriate mitigation measures can provide some medium to long term beneficial improvements within the site and its surrounding landscape and landform in providing a softer eastern settlement edge for Clifton.

Object

Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

Policy SP7: Development within Settlement Envelopes

Representation ID: 9460

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Planning Prospects

Agent: Planning Prospects

Representation:

POLICY - Too restrictive. Settlement Envelopes should not restrict otherwise sustainable development. Blanket ban on all market housing outside/adjacent to the Settlement Envelopes without considering intrinsic character of specific countryside locations or merits of sustainable residential development proposals
GREEN BELT - loss of green belt
REASONABLE ALTERNATIVES - site is a reasonable alternatives

04

Full text:

The NPPF is clear that Local Plans should ensure there is a wide range of sites allocated for housing development to ensure delivery of required housing in both urban and rural areas. Settlement Envelopes should not restrict otherwise sustainable development. The Local Plan should promote sustainable development in and adjacent to sustainable settlements to maintain and enhance their vitality and viability and to deliver the housing required in the District. SP7 recognises development (restricted to community facilities) will be required adjacent to settlements, but only sites allocated in the Plan (and previous plans) and residential exception schemes or dwellings for the essential needs of those employed in agriculture or forestry will be permitted outside of Settlement Envelopes. SP7 sets out that this is to maintain and enhance the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside but in doing so places a blanket ban on all market housing outside of or adjacent to the Settlement Envelopes without considering the intrinsic character of specific countryside locations or the merits of otherwise sustainable residential development proposals. This blanket ban on otherwise sustainable locations is at odds with the Framework and this is particularly so in Central Bedfordshire where a review of the District's Green Belt is required to identify future development land. Loss of Green Belt should be seen as a last resort, particularly so where there are otherwise sustainable development sites, such as land to the south of Sandy Road in Potton, that are available for development.
See attached document promoting residential allocation of land to the south of Sandy Road, Potton which is a sustainable location for residential development.

Object

Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

Clifton

Representation ID: 9470

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Planning Prospects

Agent: Planning Prospects

Representation:

CLIFTON

REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE - site is a reasonable alternative

09

Full text:

The NPPF is clear that Local Plans should ensure there is a wide range of sites allocated for housing development to ensure delivery of required housing in both urban and rural areas. Settlement Envelopes should not restrict otherwise sustainable development. The Local Plan should promote sustainable development in and adjacent to sustainable settlements to maintain and enhance their vitality and viability and to deliver the housing required in the District. SP7 recognises development (restricted to community facilities) will be required adjacent to settlements, but only sites allocated in the Plan (and previous plans) and residential exception schemes or dwellings for the essential needs of those employed in agriculture or forestry will be permitted outside of Settlement Envelopes. SP7 sets out that this is to maintain and enhance the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside but in doing so places a blanket ban on all market housing outside of or adjacent to the Settlement Envelopes without considering the intrinsic character of specific countryside locations or the merits of otherwise sustainable residential development proposals. This blanket ban on otherwise sustainable locations is at odds with the Framework and this is particularly so in Central Bedfordshire where a review of the District's Green Belt is required to identify future development land.
See attached document promoting residential allocation of land off Broad Street, Clifton which is a sustainable location for residential development.

Object

Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

Clifton

Representation ID: 9524

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Planning Prospects

Agent: Planning Prospects

Representation:

CLIFTON

REASONABLE ALTERNATIVES - site is a reasonable alternative

09

Full text:

The NPPF is clear that Local Plans should ensure there is a wide range of sites allocated for housing development to ensure delivery of required housing, in both urban and rural areas. The Local Plan should promote sustainable development in and adjacent to existing sustainable settlements to maintain and enhance their vitality and viability and to deliver the housing required in the District. Clifton is a sustainable settlement identified as a Large Village (and is the largest village in Central Bedfordshire (North) and should look to deliver additional housing to meet the District's needs. There are however no small or medium housing site allocations in Clifton, to be delivered over the Plan period 2015 to 2035, which is disproportionate for a sustainable settlement like Clifton and further sites should be allocated. This is particularly so in Central Bedfordshire where a review of the District's Green Belt is required to identify future development land (which itself should be a last resort).
See attached document promoting residential allocation of land off Broad Street, Clifton.

Object

Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

Policy SP7: Development within Settlement Envelopes

Representation ID: 9621

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Planning Prospects

Agent: Planning Prospects

Representation:

POLICY - Settlement Envelopes should not restrict sustainable development.

09

Full text:

The NPPF is clear that Local Plans should ensure there is a wide range of sites allocated for housing development to ensure delivery of required housing in both urban and rural areas. Settlement Envelopes should not restrict otherwise sustainable development. The Local Plan should promote sustainable development in and adjacent to sustainable settlements to maintain and enhance their vitality and viability and to deliver the housing required in the District. SP7 recognises development (restricted to community facilities) will be required adjacent to settlements, but only sites allocated in the Plan (and previous plans) and residential exception schemes or dwellings for the essential needs of those employed in agriculture or forestry will be permitted outside of Settlement Envelopes. SP7 sets out that this is to maintain and enhance the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside but in doing so places a blanket ban on all market housing outside of or adjacent to the Settlement Envelopes without considering the intrinsic character of specific countryside locations or the merits of otherwise sustainable residential development proposals. This blanket ban on otherwise sustainable locations is at odds with the Framework and this is particularly so in Central Bedfordshire where a review of the District's Green Belt is required to identify future development land.
See attached document promoting residential allocation of land off Broad Street, Clifton which is a sustainable location for residential development.

Object

Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

Additional Sites

Representation ID: 14103

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Planning Prospects

Agent: Planning Prospects

Representation:

ALTERNATIVE SITE - land off broad street clifton

09

Full text:

The NPPF is clear that Local Plans should ensure there is a wide range of sites allocated for housing development to ensure delivery of required housing, in both urban and rural areas. Policy SP1 sets out a growth strategy that relies on medium and small scale extensions to existing towns and villages but only on sites allocated in the plan. SP1 sets out that planning applications for all other development will be refused. Clifton is a Large Village (the largest in Central Bedfordshire (North)) but no housing site allocation has been identified in Clifton over the Plan period 2015 to 2035. This is disproportionately low for a sustainable settlement like Clifton and further sites should be allocated. This is particularly the case where a future release of Green Belt land is anticipated in Central Bedfordshire. Green Belt release should be seen as a last resort, particularly so where there are otherwise sustainable development sites, such as land off Broad Street, Clifton that are available for development.
See attached document promoting residential allocation of land off Broad Street, Clifton which is a sustainable location for residential development.

Object

Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

Additional Sites

Representation ID: 14104

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Planning Prospects

Agent: Planning Prospects

Representation:

POTTON

ALTERNATIVE SITE - land south of Sandy Road, Potton

09

Full text:

The NPPF is clear that Local Plans should ensure there is a wide range of sites allocated for housing development to ensure delivery of required housing, in both urban and rural areas. Policy SP1 sets out a growth strategy that relies on medium and small scale extensions to existing towns and villages but only on sites allocated in the plan. SP1 sets out that planning applications for all other development will be refused. Potton is a town identified as a Minor Service Centre but only one small housing site allocation has been identified in Potton for just 12 new homes to be delivered over the Plan period 2015 to 2035. This is disproportionately low for a sustainable settlement like Potton and further sites should be allocated. This is particularly the case where a future release of Green Belt land is anticipated in Central Bedfordshire. Green Belt release should be seen as a last resort, particularly so where there are otherwise sustainable development sites, such as land to the south of Sandy Road in Potton, that are available for development.
See attached document promoting residential allocation of land to the south of Sandy Road, Potton which is a sustainable location for residential development.

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