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Employment Development and Allocations

Representation ID: 15225

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: MM Properties Ltd

Agent: Savills UK

Representation Summary:

- The proposed strategy regarding Enterprise Park rely on one site to deliver a large proportion of employment requirements across the plan period. Additional sites should be allocated to provide more choice and respond to market requirements.

- The policy and supporting text regarding the amount of floorspace and land required to meet future employment needs is very unclear and the figures on need should be reassessed to increase the employment land requirement to ensure an appropriate supply of sites.

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020, 021 & 152 West Horndon Industrial Estates, Childerditch Lane and Station Road, West Horndon

Representation ID: 15230

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: MM Properties Ltd

Agent: Savills UK

Representation Summary:

The type of businesses currently located at West Horndon Industrial Estate are, in the main, Class B2/B1c uses with ancillary offices, occupying relatively small units. It is estimated that the redevelopment of this site for housing will lead to the displacement of around 100 businesses. We consider that the lack of choice in suitable alternatives and businesses will leave the Borough.

The development of a new Industrial Park at East Horndon Hall will provide a genuine choice for the existing businesses at the West Horndon Industrial Estate which would ensure local jobs are retained and the delivery of new housing is not undermined.

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Figure 8.3: Employment Land Allocations

Representation ID: 15231

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: MM Properties Ltd

Agent: Savills UK

Representation Summary:

The site at East Horndon Hall (site 187) is more suitable than the identified sites at Codham Hall and Childreditch as it is visually less prominent and better connected to the highway network and will have a purpose built access. The East Horndon Hall site is physically contained and will not lead to coalescence or a loss of valuable countryside.

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Employment Development and Allocations

Representation ID: 15233

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: MM Properties Ltd

Agent: Savills UK

Representation Summary:

- Request that land at East Horndon Hall (site ref. 187) is allocated to deliver a new Industrial Park which will provide a range of new flexible commercial space to respond to market demands and provide an appropriate choice of sites.

- The site will increase the employment land supply in the Borough, improve the choice for operators and assist the Council in meeting the requirements of National Planning Policy and Guidance and the address the recommendations in the Economic Futures Report.

- Following discussions with Council officers, the site is being promoted for employment use only within Class B2, B1c and ancillary B1a use.

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Figure 8.3: Employment Land Allocations

Representation ID: 15235

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: MM Properties Ltd

Agent: Savills UK

Representation Summary:

The Council has previously assessed site 187 East Horndon Hall for residential development and found it to be unsuitable as a result of its green belt location but we are not aware of the Council undertaking any assessment of the site's suitability for redevelopment for commercial uses. The Employment Land Review (2010) did not include an assessment of site 187 and neither did the Assessment of Employment Land in 2014 (Economic Futures Report (NLP) 2014).

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Policy 5.3: Job Growth and Employment Land

Representation ID: 15238

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: MM Properties Ltd

Agent: Savills UK

Representation Summary:

Policy 5.3 states that the Council will make provision for 5,000 additional jobs over the plan period.

There is very little evidence to justify why the Council has adopted a figure which is less than the lowest job growth requirement identified in the NLP Report.

We therefore object to the identified number of jobs required as it is not robust and
needs to be increased to reflect the highest economic growth scenario and population projections.

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Policy 5.3: Job Growth and Employment Land

Representation ID: 15249

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: MM Properties Ltd

Agent: Savills UK

Representation Summary:

Policy 5.3 states that providing 5,000 new jobs will require 32.8 hectares of employment land, however, it is unclear how this land requirement is derived from the job growth. In comparison, the Economic Futures Report (2014) identifies that the overall employment land requirement is for up to 41.65 hectares.

It is very unclear where the 32.8 hectares is derived from as the paragraph 5.61 sets out the calculation which ends with a requirement of 36.74 hectares

We consider that the employment land allocation needs to increase to reflect a higher job growth requirement across the Borough.

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Policy 8.2: Brentwood Enterprise Park

Representation ID: 15250

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: MM Properties Ltd

Agent: Savills UK

Representation Summary:

Policy 8.2 does not identify the floor area of each employment use at Brentwood Enterprise Park and as such there is currently little control in the policy as to what is provided in this location and therefore no guarantee that it would meet the needs of employers / operators in the Borough.

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Policy 8.4: Employment Land Allocations

Representation ID: 15252

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: MM Properties Ltd

Agent: Savills UK

Representation Summary:

The Council has identified the provision of additional land for employment uses at Codham Hall and Childerditch Industrial Estate, however, these sites are small employment sites in the countryside rather than purpose built facilities, and are significantly constrained by their accesses. The Local Plan fails to consider whether these sites are suitable for certain businesses and this needs to be addressed in the next iteration of the Local Plan.

Therefore even though the quantum of land identified at Brentwood Enterprise Park meets the quantitative need of replacing West Horndon Industrial Estate,the Brentwood Enterprise Park will not provide for small and medium sized businesses or non confirming green belt uses.

The site at East Horndon could provide immediately deliverable employment land which will accommodate the uses not provided for in the current version of the Local Plan.

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Employment Development and Allocations

Representation ID: 15253

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: MM Properties Ltd

Agent: Savills UK

Representation Summary:

There is a clear relationship between the delivery of employment land and the delivery of land for housing as existing employment land needs to be released for housing but the employment space needs to be reprovided. It is considered that the council has failed to address this in the draft allocations of employment sites. The Economic Futures Report (2014) suggests that the Council complete an employment trajectory to determine the availability and likely delivery of sites. The advice has not been followed by the Council and it's therefore unclear whether the proposed employment allocations will come forward in a period that reflects the need for housing on the employment sites that are to be redeveloped.

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