NPPF Changes Consultation 2015
Supporting New Settlements, Development on Brownfield Land and Small Sites and Delivery of Housing Agreed in Local Plans - Page 3
Do you consider that it would be beneficial to strengthen policy on development of small sites for housing? If not, why not? How could the change impact on the calculation of local planning authorities’ 5 year land supply?
- We are against a specific positive local policy in rural areas. Rural communities should have the ability to decide whether small sites on the edge of settlements are developed for starter homes or other types of affordable housing, depending on the needs of the area. Speculative development proposals (that is, those not included within a local or neighbourhood plan) that would lead to significant growth of a village should be resisted.
- We object to proposals for development immediately adjacent to settlement boundaries providing they are ‘sustainable’, (Paragraph 24), assuming this means beyond the existing settlement. We are aware that sustainability is increasingly meaning ‘viable’. A ring of small developments around existing settlements could harm the character of the settlement as well as the surrounding countryside. We object particularly strongly where the land has environmental designations such as AONB or is in the Green Belt.
- Generally we consider that the contribution of ‘windfalls’ to the housing stock has been underestimated. We would like to see a more realistic figure used in the 5 year land supply calculations based on recent windfall trends.