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New Local Plan Options
- 1. Introduction
- 2. A brief portrait of Harborough District
- 3. Vision and Objectives
- 4. Sustainable Settlements
- 5. Housing
- Why do we need to build more houses?
- How many new houses do we need to build?
- Potential Strategic Development Areas
- Alternative Housing and Employment Options
- Option 1: Rural
- Option 2: Core Strategy Distribution
- Option 3: Urban
- Option 4: Scraptoft / Thurnby SDA
- Option 5: Kibworth SDA
- Option 6: Lutterworth SDA
- Option 7: Scraptoft / Thurnby SDA and Kibworth SDA
- Option 8: Scraptoft / Thurnby SDA and Lutterworth SDA
- Option 9: Lutterworth SDA and Kibworth SDA
- Testing the Options
- How will new housing be delivered?
- Potential housing site allocations
- Development Management
- Proposed Settlement Development Policy to replace current Limits to Development
- 6. Housing in the Countryside
- 7. Affordable Housing
- 8. Gypsy and Traveller, and Travelling Showpeople Provision
- 9. Employment
- Why do we need to provide land for more jobs?
- How much employment land do we need to provide?
- How will provision for new jobs and employment land be met?
- Where will new land for employment be provided?
- Continuing current distribution of Development (Options 1-3)
- Options involving delivery of 1 or 2 Strategic Development Areas (Options 4-9)
- Potential general employment site allocations
- Provision for Strategic Distribution
- Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground
- Leicester Airport, Stoughton
- 10. Green Infrastructure
- 11. Town Centres and Retail
- 12. Infrastructure Planning
- 13. Settlement Sections
- Appendix A: Neighbourhood Planning in Harborough District
- Appendix B: Maps to illustrate Potential Strategic Development Areas
- Appendix C: Housing Distribution Options - residual requirements
- Appendix D: Illustration of the residual housing requirement under a proportionate increase
- Appendix E: Outstanding Employment permissions and allocations - as at 31 March 2015
- Appendix F: Existing Employment sites proposed for retention and protection
- Appendix G: Maps showing Sites for Potential Employment Allocation
- Appendix H: Employment Options - residual requirements by settlement
- Appendix I: Maps to illustrate potential Strategic Distribution sites for Options A, B and C
- Appendix J: Proposed Local Green Space sites
- Appendix K: Potential Retail / Town Centre Uses Development Areas
- Appendix L: Glossary
170. Infrastructure planning is an essential part of the Local Plan process.
171. In order to create sustainable communities it is not sufficient to provide new housing and employment opportunities; we also need to ensure that development is supported by the necessary physical, social and green infrastructure. By 'infrastructure' we mean essential services and facilities such as schools, health, roads, water, gas, electricity and open space.
172. The new Local Plan will contain an Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) to identify future infrastructure needs for the District and detail where possible the costs, means of funding and timetable of infrastructure provision. This will help to ensure that any infrastructure needs arising from new development are met. This might be either through providing new infrastructure (such as new schools) or by increasing the capacity of existing infrastructure (such as by providing an extra classroom at an existing school). The emerging IDP will form an important element of the new Local Plan at both pre-submission and submission stages of the preparation of the plan. Comments on the IDP will be invited at the pre-submission consultation stage. In its final form, the IDP will ensure that infrastructure is delivered in a timely fashion, whilst ensuring that its requirements will not prejudice the viability of the planned development.
173. As part of the evidence gathering stage for the new Local Plan, a Stage 1 infrastructure needs consultation took place in July and August 2014 with service and utility providers (e.g. health, education, water, gas, telecoms etc.) based on meeting objectively assessed housing need in the District by continuing the approach to the distribution of housing contained in the adopted Core Strategy.
174. This consultation sought responses to the growth levels identified in each settlement in terms of:
- The capacity of existing infrastructure to meet the highest level of the growth proposed by the options;
- What infrastructure will be required to support and mitigate the impact of proposed levels of future development within each settlement (or group of settlements);
- The means by which necessary additional infrastructure might be provided.
175. Information gathered during this initial consultation has been collated as part of the evidence base.
176. The responses taken as a whole:
- confirmed that providers did not identify major infrastructure capacity constraints to the delivery of housing need across the District based on an approach to distributing housing growth which would continue the current distribution strategy set out in the Core Strategy;
- highlighted certain locations where infrastructure capacity may be difficult to create (e.g. constrained village school sites); and
- indicated that more definitive responses by providers would depend on specific site proposals associated with the distribution strategy.
177. A Stage 2 consultation with service and utility providers on the 9 options for housing and employment growth will commence in September 2015. The results of this consultation will inform the assessment of each alternative growth option and the selection of a preferred development strategy. Responses will also help inform a decision on whether a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) should be introduced as a means to fund infrastructure delivery to supplement site specific Section 106 planning obligations.
178. A further Stage 3 consultation will then occur with service and utility providers based on the emerging Local Plan preferred option to draw up a detailed Infrastructure Delivery Plan for incorporation as an appendix to the pre-submission Local Plan.