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Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options for Consultation

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Representation ID: 1217

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Wiggins Gee Homes Ltd

Agent: David Russell Associates

Representation Summary:

The Council's own "objective assessment" of housing need, carried out by PBA, estimated that around 350 new dwellings would be required each year, a total of 5,250 over the 15 year Plan period. The Plan makes provision for 3,500 new dwellings, some 2,250 short of this OAN. This shortfall in provision is justified by a lack of capacity, as identified in a number of studies, including the Housing Growth Scenarios Study carried out by Brentwood with its neighbouring Essex authorities. If we assume that the OAN for Brentwood report is correct, a considerable amount of the need it identified should be catered for by the Preferred Options Document. This must result in one or more of the following consequences:
*the need not catered for by the Plan is diverted to, and met by, provision in neighbouring areas
*the identified needs may be diminished by as yet unforeseen changes in local social and demographic characteristics
*the need remains as predicted, increasing pressure on the Borough's housing stock, generating additional increases in prices and rents in the private sector, and
*a continuing lengthening of the waiting list for socially provided housing.

Either the need identified by Peter Brett Associates is real and properly constituted or it is not. Assuming that it is, then the Preferred Options Document is choosing to export or defer to a later period a substantial part of this need. It will be left to the next Plan to decide how much irrevocable damage to other interests will be needed to accommodate what by then will be even greater pressures on housing provision. The Plan's proposals apparently do not meet the area's OAN. This is a very risky strategy, given the increasing evidence and concern about the
crisis in housing provision, and simply delays tough decisions, that need making now, to a time when it will be even more difficult to provide the housing needed without the "irrevocable harm" that the Plan fears will happen.

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Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options for Consultation

Policy CP4: West Horndon Opportunity Area

Representation ID: 1218

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Wiggins Gee Homes Ltd

Agent: David Russell Associates

Representation Summary:

The West Horndon Strategic Allocation is for mixed uses that allows for up to 1500 new dwellings during the Plan period. This allocation makes sense in trying to improve the range of community, commercial and employment opportunities within the existing village. The eventual outcome could be a more balanced and self-sustaining community. For these reasons this particular proposal should be supported.

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Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options for Consultation

Policy DM23 Housing Land Allocations - Major Sites

Representation ID: 1220

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Wiggins Gee Homes Ltd

Agent: David Russell Associates

Representation Summary:

We believe that the capacity of the allocations listed in Policy DM23 has been over- estimated. There are serious questions about the availability and achievability of a number of these allocations. Given that significant questions remain on the capacity, availability and achievability of
some of the allocations included in Policy DM23, and the significant number of latecomers included that have not, it seems, been subject to the 2011 SHLAA process, further allocations are needed to realise the Policy's stated aim of providing the Council's low figure of 3,500 additional homes during the Plan period such as SHLAA ref: G057.

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