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Draft Local Plan

Policy 5.1: Spatial Strategy

Representation ID: 16179

Received: 16/05/2016

Respondent: Anderson Group

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Object. The spatial strategy relates specifically the following: - Arbitrary blanket restraint to growth in the villages including Blackmore - The totality of development proposed in the Dunton Hills Garden Suburb.

The Draft Plan's supporting material provides no evidence to support its stance that rural growth restraint would retain local character. The Landscape Character Assessment makes no such assertion that development would be detrimental in the rural area around Blackmore. The Retail and Commercial Leisure Study identifies the range of shops and facilities in Blackmore Village Centre as "providing an in-demand service" the Draft Plan acknowledges the role of the village local centres such as Blackmore as playing a "vital role in providing day to day services". But the Draft Plan's blanket restriction on growth assumes that such development would have negative consequences without evidence to back up the assertion.

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Draft Local Plan

Policy 5.1: Spatial Strategy

Representation ID: 16180

Received: 16/05/2016

Respondent: Anderson Group

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

All of the available evidence points to the acceptability of rural housing in line with national policy and practice guidance. But the Plan disregards all of this in favour of a strategy proposing rural restraint which is not led by any evidence. This approach is likely to have serious unintended negative consequences for wider sustainability objectives in the rural but this goes unappreciated by the Draft Local Plan because it has not been drafted with an understanding of such issues. The proposed policy of rural restraint is therefore unsound because it is not consistent with national policy, not based on adequate evidence and is unjustified, contrary to paragraph 183 of the Framework.

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Object

Draft Local Plan

Policy 7.1: Dunton Hills Garden Village

Representation ID: 16181

Received: 16/05/2016

Respondent: Anderson Group

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Object to the totality of this allocation because there is insufficient evidence available to the Council to ensure that an allocation of such a strategic scale in this location is justified or would be deliverable. This aspect of the Plan is therefore unsound because it is:
- Not effective: it is not deliverable over its period;
- Not justified: it is not the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, because it is not based on proportionate evidence; and
- Not consistent with national policy: because it is not in accordance with the policies in the Framework.
- The site is on Lower Thames Crossing Route 4 which, if chosen, would affect the deliverability of the development.

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Comment

Draft Local Plan

Figure 7.2: Housing Land Allocations

Representation ID: 16184

Received: 16/05/2016

Respondent: Anderson Group

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Site 076 - the land south of Redrose Lane, off Woollard Way- is an appropriate site for residential development and should be released from the Green Belt because it is suitable, available and deliverable. The site has the capacity to deliver between approximately 40 and 56 dwellings, taking account of public open space, infrastructure requirements and density preferences. Development could be delivered in a manner that would not cause harm to its Green Belt function, the local landscape, heritage interests, natural resources or other local sensitivities.

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