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Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options for Consultation

Policy CP10: Green Belt

Representation ID: 221

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Thurrock Borough Council

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It is considered that Brentwood Council should undertake a formal Green Belt review as part of the spatial options testing which is subject to further public consultation before the Council progresses the local plan to submission stage. A number of the adjoining authorities also have Green Belt designations. In the case of Thurrock the Green Belt extends across the entire Borough outside of the urban areas. Thurrock could not accommodate the unmet Brentwood housing need without undertaking a review of its own Green Belt. Therefore objects to Brentwood Council policy approach as unreasonable in seeking to meet its housing need in adjoining authorities with extensive Green Belt coverage when it has itself not undertaken a Green Belt review.

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Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options for Consultation

Policy CP4: West Horndon Opportunity Area

Representation ID: 222

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Thurrock Borough Council

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1.Thurrock Council supports the purpose and function of the Green Belt. We object strongly to the Brentwood Preferred Option Local Plan for the failure up to this stage to include a formal Green Belt review as part of the local plan process.
2.Within the Preferred Option Brentwood Council Local Plan there is a proposed strategic release at West Horndon of up to 1500 dwellings. There are no details of the proposal including delivery. The Brentwood Preferred Option Local plan only accommodates some of the objectively assessed housing requirement and it is considered this represents the exceptional circumstance appropriate for Brentwood to undertake a Green Belt review.
3.Object to an expanded settlement at West Horndon. This is based on the evidence base for the Thurrock adopted core strategy regarding development at this location into Thurrock, south of the railway line.

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Policy CP11: Strong and Competitive Economy

Representation ID: 225

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Thurrock Borough Council

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Thurrock Council considers the role and potential economic benefits of Crossrail with regard to development at Shenfield has not been fully assessed and incorporated as part of the Preferred options.

The LP makes reference to a "Park and walk" scheme but contains no specifics strategy or policies to direct and support growth at Shenfield. It is considered that this needs to be investigated. The implications of the potential to accommodate more growth and associated infrastructure requirements need to considered with some weight as a way of meeting the undersupply of housing requirement currently identified in the Brentwood Local Plan.

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Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options for Consultation

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Representation ID: 226

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Thurrock Borough Council

Representation Summary:

1.The Brentwood Preferred Option Policy S1 seeks to protect the Green Belt and local character and focus new developmenton land accessible within existing settlements. Other than a strategic Green Belt development site identified at West Horndon there are no other significant Green Belt boundary changes. The draft local plan strategy is based on strong local support for protection of the Green Belt and technical evidence that suggests there are significant capacity constraints with higher levels of growth having significant impacts on Green Belt, landscape, settlement character and identity, together with congestion and infrastructure capacity issues. Thurrock Council strongly objects to draft plan policies S1 and in particular provision in Policy S2 to accommodate only some of the identified objectively assessed need for housing within Brentwood.
2.Thurrock Council also objects to the Brentwood Local Plan looking to neighbouring authorities to accommodate the remainder of its need. It is considered that Brentwood Council approach is flawed and the Council has not thoroughly tested all the available options to accommodate the housing requirement within Brentwood or within the Strategic Housing Market Area as part of the Duty to Co-operate process. Thurrock Council is not within the Brentwood SHMA area and at this stage does not consider that other options to accommodate Brentwood's dwelling requirement within Brentwood have been fully examined and tested in accordance with government policy and guidance. Therefore the approach to preparation of the local plan is unsound.
3.It is considered that Brentwood Council should undertake a formal Green Belt review as part of the spatial options testing which is subject to further public consultation before the Council progresses the local plan to submission stage.
4.Furthermore considerable elements of the evidence base including the character assessment, infrastructure and transport studies have not been made available during the consultation process and have therefore not been able to be included in any comments at this stage. It is considered this is a major error in the consultation and Duty to cooperate process and that the plan and evidence when available should be subject to further consultation.

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Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options for Consultation

S1: Spatial Strategy

Representation ID: 1985

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Thurrock Borough Council

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1. Policy S1 seeks to protect the Green Belt and local character and focus new developmenton land accessible within existing settlements. Other than a strategic Green Belt development site identified at West Horndon there are no other significant Green Belt boundary changes. The draft LDP strategy is based on strong local support for the protection of the Green Belt and technical evidence that suggests there are significant capacity constraints with higher levels of growth having significant impacts on Green Belt, landscape, settlement character and identity, together with congestion and infrastructure capacity issues. Thurrock Council strongly objects to draft plan policies S1 and in particular provision in Policy S2 to accommodate only some of the identified objectively assessed need for housing within Brentwood.
2. Object to the draft LDP looking to neighbouring authorities to accommodate the remainder of its need. It is considered that Brentwood Council approach is flawed and the Council has not thoroughly tested all the available options to accommodate the housing requirement within Brentwood or within the Strategic Housing Market Area as part of the Duty to Co-operate process. Thurrock Council is not within the Brentwood SHMA area and at this stage does not consider that other options to accommodate Brentwood's dwelling requirement within Brentwood have been fully examined and tested in accordance with government policy and guidance. Therefore the approach to preparation of the local plan is unsound.
3. It is considered that Brentwood Council should undertake a formal Green Belt review as part of the spatial options testing which is subject to further public consultation before the Council progresses the local plan to submission stage.
4. Considerable elements of the evidence base including the character assessment, infrastructure and transport studies have not been made available during the consultation process and have therefore not been able to be included in any comments at this stage. It is considered this is a major error in the consultation and Duty to cooperate process and that the plan and evidence when available should be subject to further consultation.
5. It is recognised that Brentwood Council have considered alternative options as part of the Local Plan process including the rejection of a transport led growth option. However Thurrock Council considers the role and potential economic benefits of Crossrail in particular with regard to development at Shenfield has not been fully assessed and incorporated as part of the Brentwood Preferred options Local Plan and in particular the preferred spatial strategy option and associated policies. There is also an objection to the lack of a published detailed evidence base assessing the transport impacts of the various spatial strategy options and detailed economic and transport assessments of the impacts of Crossrail and with particular reference to Shenfield.

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