NPPF Changes Consultation 2015
Supporting New Settlements, Development on Brownfield Land and Small Sites and Delivery of Housing Agreed in Local Plans - Page 4
Do you agree with the Government proposals to define a small site as a site of less than 10 units? If not, what other definition do you consider is appropriate and why?
- Our experience in Guildford is that with defining a small site to be one of less than 10 units is that developers will divide up large areas of land and/or apply to build small numbers of executive homes on large areas of green field sites. A small site should be defined by the area to be developed rather than the number of units and care should be taken to avoid any possibility of advantage from dividing up sites.
- In our opinion a small site should be less than 10 units in urban areas; less than 5 dwellings would be a more acceptable limit outside existing settlements, particularly in the Green Belt.
- We support a requirement that local authorities provide clear policies by which to assess small site developments. However, we are strongly against a predisposition to granting planning permission on the edge of settlements.
- However, should this be confirmed as policy, councils must have the powers to refuse applications where there are good reasons to prevent the development.