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Draft Local Plan

Duty to Cooperate

Representation ID: 15328

Received: 05/05/2016

Respondent: Catesby Property Group

Agent: Strutt & Parker LLP

Representation Summary:

Dunton Hill Garden Village is a cross-boundary proposal that straddles the boundary between Brentwood and Basildon Boroughs. However information published in respect of how Brentwood Borough Council and Basildon Borough Council are working together on Dunton Hill Garden Village is limited.

Basildon Council states that:
"Having considered the outcomes of this consultation, the Basildon Draft Local Plan does not include proposals for Dunton Garden Suburb, as Brentwood Borough Council has not provided sufficient information, at this time, to show it is the best location for new housing provision in the Brentwood borough."

Given this stance, we question how effectively the Duty to Cooperate has been met in respect of the Draft Plan and Dunton Hills Garden Village

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Draft Local Plan

Duty to Cooperate

Representation ID: 15329

Received: 05/05/2016

Respondent: Catesby Property Group

Agent: Strutt & Parker LLP

Representation Summary:

Cross-boundary issues relevant to Local Plan are not limited to the proposals in
respect of Dunton Hills Garden Village, it is not clear to how Brentwood Borough Council have engaged with London Boroughs or the Mayor of London in the preparation of the Draft Plan.

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Draft Local Plan

New Homes

Representation ID: 15330

Received: 05/05/2016

Respondent: Catesby Property Group

Agent: Strutt & Parker LLP

Representation Summary:

There is reference within the DLP to Brentwood Borough being considered to constitute a self-contained housing market area (paragraph 5.36) - a stance that is contradicted by numerous references within the DLP to the strong relationships between Brentwood and surrounding areas.

The plan appears to seek to solely meet the OANs of Brentwood Borough, without consideration of any unmet needs of neighbouring
authorities. It is not clear to what extent authorities with whom Brentwood Borough has a connection have been engaged and are agreeable to such an approach. This issue is particularly pertinent given the strong relationship between Brentwood and London, and the latter's acute housing need. We question whether the approach currently being taken in the preparation of the Local Plan meets the Duty to Cooperate.

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Object

Draft Local Plan

New Homes

Representation ID: 15331

Received: 05/05/2016

Respondent: Catesby Property Group

Agent: Strutt & Parker LLP

Representation Summary:

The Council has determined the objectively assessed housing need for the Borough to be 362 dwellings per annum, informed by the SHMA 2013 and OAHN 2014.

The OAHN for Brentwood, however, also considers the delivery of 411 dwellings per annum as a feasible housing target for the Borough. It is not clear on what basis this level of growth has subsequently been rejected by the Plan.

This contradicts with the NPPF which states that Local Plans should have regard to market signals, that Local Planning Authorities should seek to significantly boost the supply of housing, and that they should seek to meet unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development.

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Comment

Draft Local Plan

New Homes

Representation ID: 15332

Received: 05/05/2016

Respondent: Catesby Property Group

Agent: Strutt & Parker LLP

Representation Summary:

Strategic objectives of the Plan include to maintain high and stable levels of economic growth; and economic development is one of the overarching priorities.
It should also be recognised that housing development has intrinsic economic benefits. This includes employment relating directly to the construction of the development, and jobs relating to the supply chain. Housing development also engenders local economic benefits relating to additional local expenditure. It is important that the economic growth aspirations of the Local Plan and the housing growth policy support, rather than contradict, one another.

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