Silsoe

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Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 3644

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Homes and Communities Agency

Agent: AECOM

Representation:

NLP185, NLP490/ALP165, NLP491

Please see full AECOM representation on behalf of the HCA in respect of these sites in the letter attached.

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NLP185, NLP490/ALP165, NLP491

Please see full AECOM representation on behalf of the HCA in respect of these sites in the letter attached.

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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6530

Received: 25/08/2017

Respondent: Messers MP & JW Hind

Agent: Frampton Town Planning Ltd

Representation:

NLP253

It is submitted that this conceptual proposal amply demonstrates how that part of site NLP 253 could be assimilated into an enlarged settlement boundary for Maulden, and release an area of land for housing that is suitable for a small or medium house builder.

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Central Bedfordshire Local Plan 2035 - Draft Plan Consultation July 2017
1.0 The following submissions are made on behalf of Messers M. P and J. W. Hind in respect of their interest in land of Silsoe Road, Maulden. This area of land is referenced NLP 253 in the CBC Preliminary site Assessment (PSA). The PSA states:
'A portion of the site will be considered further as part of the Local Plan .... Taking forward only the portion of the site [which sites sic] within the existing depth of the built form would help to ensure the site is well related Maulden and does not significantly alter the existing historic settlement.'
1.2 These considerations have been 'taken on board' as illustrated in the accompanying schematic layout plan (Woods Hardwick Drawing 17963/1001) which illustrates the provision of some 20 dwellings, with a range of house sizes, including detached 4-5 bedroomed dwelling fronting Silsoe Road, and 2 - 3 bed semi-detached dwellings set around a crescent. A red line plan (OS Base) (Woods Hardwick Drawing 17963/1000) is also attached to identify the extent of an allocation for a small scale housing site. The site area extends to 1.255 hectares.
1.3 The layout is conceptual at this stage in the planning process, but illustrates how new homes could successfully relate to the exiting built up framework of the village. The proposal for hedgerow / tree planting on the western boundary of the proposed built development will successfully tie in with the landscape structure in this part of the village.
1.4 It is submitted that this conceptual proposal amply demonstrates how that part of site NLP 253 could be assimilated into an enlarged settlement boundary for Maulden, and release an area of land for housing that is suitable for a small or medium house builder.
1.5 In order to meet the future housing needs of Central Bedfordshire it is inevitable that 'new' land has to be allocated beyond the limits of existing settlement boundaries drawn in earlier development plans which were established to define limits to growth so as to meet development needs within the then Plan period.
1.6 As stated by the Inspector in a recent appeal decision 'APP/P0240/W/16/3166033 - Stotfold August 2017).
'Settlement boundaries [within Central Bedfordshire] are not inviolable and their rigid application will not assist the Council in maintaining an adequate supply of housing land bearing in mind the challenging targets set out in the emerging Local Plan'.
1.7 In short form settlement boundaries drawn on a development plan, are a 'line on a plan', and need to be re-appraised within the emerging local plan. In so doing boundaries need to be drawn to as to enable the development needs of the District to be achieved. It is submitted the settlement boundary of Maulden should be drawn to include the development area shown on the accompanying plan (Drawing No 17963/1000 ).
1.8 The draft Plan makes reference to 'Small and Medium Sites' at Section 78 in the context of the such sites being brought forward within the development plan process. The Local Plan does not make reference to the significance in the identification of small and medium housing sites as part of the Government's commitment to boost housing land supply. The recently issued White Paper 'Fixing Our Broken House Market' makes clear the Government's aspirations for development plans to provide for small and medium sized housing sites. The underlying planning objective is to encourage greater participation by small and medium sized house builders in housing delivery, and hence boost the supply of new housing.
1.9 It is submitted that the Growth Strategy Policy SP1, although making reference to 'medium and small scale sites' is not worded so as to be effective in the delivery of medium and small scale housing sites. Policy SP1 states:
'Subject to further assessment of sustainability and deliverability new development will be planned for at a selection of the following locations'.
1.10 Thereafter for each Area, bullet pointed locations are identified. Other than Green Belt Villages (Village Extensions) Area A, no location is identified in any other Area where it may be realistic to envisage the provision of medium and small sized housing sites. For illustration within Area C, the named locations are new villages; and a town extension. These are likely to be large scale comprehensively planned new developments of a major scale. Such large sites will not yield smaller scale individual sites which small and medium sized housebuilders can engage in purchase and housing construction.
1.11 For Area D (which is the Area in which the land of Silsoe Road, Maulden) is located, the only named location is RAF Henlow - again a major site release, - which will not yield small individual sites.
1.12 It is submitted that to be effective and responsive to the White Paper Policy SP1 should contain the following additional words.
'Medium and small sized housing sites will be identified within and adjoining existing settlements in accordance with the provision of Policy SP6. Where suitable housing land is identified adjoining an existing settlement, the Settlement Envelope will be re-drawn accordingly

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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6955

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Gladman Developments Limited

Representation:

Appendix 6 - Land East of High Street, Silsoe
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