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Representations on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Housing Types & Affordable Housing

Representation ID: 13119

COMMENT Suffolk Coastal District Council (Mr Mark Edgerley)

Summary:

The SHMA highlights an increased need for affordable housing within Ipswich - although if this can not be met within the Borough boundaries will this have an impact on the affordable housing policy for the other authorities which make up the Housing Market Area?

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Representation ID: 12804

OBJECT East Bergholt Parish Council (Valerie Ayton)

Summary:

SHMA assesses the need for 2,3,4 bedroom houses owner occupied which is not consistent with prices x 9 average salary in the Districts.

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Representation ID: 12567

COMMENT Fressingfield Housing Working Group (Mr Paul Woodward)

Summary:

A cradle to grave approach is needed.
A Local Housing Need Survey for MSDC required
MSDC should adopt Optional Building Regulations that require houses to be designed to be adapted to changing needs of residents over time, so they do not have to move

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Representation ID: 11944

COMMENT Home Builders Federation (HBF) (Mr Mark Behrendt)

Summary:

Policies need to provide a mix of certainty and flexibility. It is also important to ensure that any viability assessments consider the impact of housing type and mix - specifically if the Council are seeking to deliver more smaller units and housing for older people.

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Representation ID: 11846

COMMENT Dedham Vale Society (Mr. David Eking)

Summary:

We consider that applications for "Rural Exception Sites" (page 37) should be the only form of development in the AONB entertained outside village envelopes. We would urge that they alone should be the means of meeting a proven local need and should normally only provide genuinely long term affordable dwellings and/or be restricted to key workers or those down-sizing from larger properties. Open market housing should only be included in so far as is essential to ensure the viability of the site.

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Representation ID: 11115

COMMENT Rattlesden Parish Council (Mr Doug Reed)

Summary:

The Council is concerned, however, that developments to date have done little to provide for social/affordable housing and if there are any future proposals this factor must be addressed, in terms of both location and need.

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Representation ID: 11110

COMMENT Peter Warren

Summary:

The drop in percentage content from 35% to 20% is disappointing and appears setting a target deliberately low to achieve attainment. The number of young people forced to leave Sproughton and similar rural areas due to affordability is increasing. In addition, social evolution can only create a bigger demand. Larger developers must not be allowed to increase profit by the downward negotiation of this criteria. The previous 35% target should be retained and greater effort exercised to ensure achievement.

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Representation ID: 10967

COMMENT Babergh Alliance of Parish & Town Councils (Helen Davies)

Summary:

Safeguards are required to ensure easier purchase for local residents who actually need a home, or a move towards building genuinely affordable homes, including well placed council house building. Development by smaller local house builders should be encouraged rather than the national housing developers who provide 'cookie cutter' developments. Local house builders have 'skin in the game' as they are local, likely to be more aware of area need and provide dwellings tailored to the vernacular.

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Representation ID: 9940

OBJECT East Bergholt Community Land Trust (Mr Christopher McEwen)

Summary:

The Local Plan does not mention Community Land Trusts and the opportunities that they can bring to fulfilling the ambitions of the Districts.

I believe that they should be mentioned/encouraged:
a) Affordable Homes providing local needs
b) Preferred partners for developers - where a CLT - is available

They can be more locally selective than housing associations of the residents moving into any new homes. Since they are also able to avoid "Right to Buy" the homes will remain in control of the local community and not be used as a stepping stone to home ownership by outsiders.

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Representation ID: 9914

OBJECT Professor Robert Turner & Mrs J.M. Turner

Summary:

If affordable housing is to feature in any grant of planning permission, it must be stressed that such houses must be built first as it is claimed that they are needed for young families whereas the remaining houses are only likely to be bought by people with existing houses who can afford to wait.

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Representation ID: 9906

OBJECT Professor Robert Turner & Mrs J.M. Turner

Summary:

The building of of so-called "affordable" housing is further likely to be delayed by the
developers to the end of any development as suggested below with the aim of taking advantage of the loop hole which allows them to reduce the percentage of such housing if they can show that the original proportion of affordable housing made the development unprofitable for them.

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Representation ID: 9500

OBJECT Cllr John Hinton

Summary:

"Specialist" accommodation is mentioned: why are we working with SCC to close and demolish care facilities in Babergh if there is (para Pg34) a need for so much "specialist" accommodation?

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Representation ID: 9499

OBJECT Cllr John Hinton

Summary:

Page 33, If over half of the "need" is in 2,3,4 bed properties, what is the rest, do we need 5+ bed properties or lots of 1 bed properties which are essentially for single persons? This further indicates the poor quality of the report.

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Representation ID: 9056

COMMENT Mr Daniel lord-vince

Summary:

* We support the retention of a 35% affordable housing target, but it should be more robustly enforced.
* There is not a reduction in affordable housing need, there is an increase, that is a nationally recognised fact, and BMSDC need to enforce the standing policy of 35% more robustly to achieve that.
* Starter homes should also be added into this mix. Sold at a discount of at least 20% below market value with a maximum sale cost of £250,000 exclusively to first time buyers these are the type of homes the local community needs.

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Representation ID: 9048

COMMENT Mr Daniel lord-vince

Summary:

* National space standards should apply with provision for storage.
* Requirements for provision of accessible homes and bungalows on 10+ developments are becoming a necessity.
* Self Builds support local economy and rural outlook so should be encouraged.
* Provisions for Affordable homes should also consider Starter homes which are more appropriate to support growth of local community.
* Housing mix should consider need not greatest developers profits.
Affordable homes is high on priority list so we don't end up with high proportion of buy to rent but promotion of owner occupied.

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Representation ID: 8794

COMMENT Mrs Hannah Lord-Vince

Summary:

* I support the retention of a 35% affordable housing target
* The total need for affordable house suggested is 19.4%. This is a drop from the previous policy of 35% in the face of a 71% local increase in private rentals
* There is not a reduction in affordable housing need, there is an increase, that is a nationally recognised fact, and BMSDC need to enforce the standing policy of 35% more robustly to achieve that.
* Starter homes should also be added into this mix. Sold at a discount of at least 20% below market value

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Representation ID: 7564

COMMENT Mr Peter Powell

Summary:

35% affordable must be maintained, Bungalows and Accessible homes,
But especially starter homes which are just what the children of the resident population need.

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Representation ID: 7385

OBJECT Ms Helen Davies

Summary:

Sproughton is part-way through a Community Led Plan. The majority of people who responded want to see more low cost housing be they start homes or affordable house. These should be a priority - sticking to the old 35% affordable per planning application of suffficient size

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Representation ID: 7256

COMMENT Ms Sharon Maxwell

Summary:

I would say that there should be greater emphasis on providing homes for affordable houses and the elderly population. By keeping focused on those aspects of housing it keeps the demography of the area stable.

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Representation ID: 6059

COMMENT Neil Fuller

Summary:

* Housing mix should consider need not greatest developers profits.

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Representation ID: 3925

OBJECT Mr John Bellwood

Summary:

Plan states" however there is also a distinct need for private rented accommodation" - this probably only exists because of a lack of both social and affordable housing.

Solve this issue before building houses as investment opportunities.

Right type and right tenure please - BDC to build houses, starter homes must be on the agenda, BDC must say no to national house builders building large houses which will only attract inward migration whilst driving out the children of existing residents, creating even more travel to work - the wealthy travelling out and the poor travelling back into the district.

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Representation ID: 1644

SUPPORT Winston Parish Council (Mrs Lizzie Taurozevicius)

Summary:

We agree.

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Representation ID: 1417

COMMENT Mrs P. Brightwell

Summary:

I would be pleased to be notified about housing for disabled people, as I have a daughter who needs to live in a small bungalow with full time carers and so far I am not able to find any properties which are suitable for her needs. Please advise me if there will be any bungalows built in the area from Stowmarket to Eye taking in surrounding villages.

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Representation ID: 899

COMMENT Suffolk Fire Service (Mr Ken Williamson)

Summary:

'Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) would encourage the provision of automated fire suppression sprinkler systems in any new development as it not only affords enhanced life and property protection but if incorporated into the design/build stage it is extremely cost effective and efficient. SFRS will not have any objection with regard access, as long as access is in accordance with building regulation guidance. We will of course wish to have included adequate water supplies for firefighting, specific information as to the number and location can be obtained from our water officer via the normal consultation process.'

More details about Rep ID: 899

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