Representation 5161 on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) by Long Melford Parish Council (Mr Robert Wiliams)
|Support / Object:||OBJECT|
|Document Link:||BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Duty to Cooperate, Q6|
|Representation:||treatment of committed development - In our view this is a wrong analysis of the committed developments; they should be deducted from the requirement in the settlements in which the commitments have occurred not across the District as a whole|
|Complies with the duty to Co-operate?||Yes|
Comment on first table (calculation of residual requirement) on page 21: treatment of committed development
On page 28 (pdf version) under the heading Spatial Distribution the following paragraph states:
"For Babergh district, once development already built from 2014-2017 and committed through existing planning permissions has been taken account of, there is a residual need to plan for approximately 4,210 new homes by 2036."
In our view this is a wrong analysis of the committed developments; they should be deducted from the requirement in the settlements in which the commitments have occurred not across the District as a whole. The approach we suggest is consistent with the principles set out in this section headed Spatial Distribution, namely in the preceding paragraph: "The Councils' premise for meeting the new Joint Local Plan identified development needs up to 2036 is that all communities will be expected to make a contribution within the principles of sustainable development." The premise needs to be applied throughout the approach to spatial distribution including the attribution of the committed developments.
At the level of individual settlements/clusters the correct approach makes a big difference to the net requirement for additional housing. For example in Long Melford cluster, where commitments amount to 195 dwellings, the net requirement reduces by between 65 and 141 dwellings, depending on which option (BHD1 or BHD2) is selected. And this approach gives an appropriate recognition to the contribution already made by different settlements and clusters.