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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
25. An important way to achieve the sustainable development of the District is to direct development to appropriate locations. This means identifying settlements which have a basic level of services and facilities to meet residents' everyday needs. Development in these locations will help to avoid the need for unnecessary journeys, thus limiting car usage and carbon emissions and may enhance and protect local services. Section 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that, in order to promote sustainable development in rural areas, housing should be located where it will enhance or maintain the vitality of rural communities. The approach supports a move to a low carbon economy; one of the other core principles set out at paragraph 17 of the NPPF.
26. We have prepared settlement profiles for each of the towns and larger villages within the District. The aim of this profiling work is to bring together existing information and evidence relating to each settlement in order to understand how it functions, its key characteristics, its level of services and facilities along with any specific local issues and priorities the community may have. Parish Councils were given the opportunity to comment on the draft profiles and their comments incorporated where appropriate.
27. We have used the settlement profiles, together with a comprehensive audit of the services and facilities in each town and village, to classify each settlement into a hierarchy according to its relative sustainability. Settlements at the top of the hierarchy are considered to be the most sustainable. These settlements are therefore the most capable of supporting further development whilst meeting the everyday needs of their residents and thus minimising the need to travel. This approach focuses development to the most sustainable locations; one of the core principles set out at paragraph 17 of the NPPF.
28. Settlements towards the bottom of the hierarchy tend to be smaller, more rural and with very limited services and facilities. These settlements are considered to be relatively unsustainable and therefore either unsuitable or less suitable to accommodate future development, particularly housing.
29. The Leicester Principal Urban Area (LPUA) is a term used across Leicestershire to describe the whole built-up area of Leicester. It covers the Leicester City administrative area and all surrounding built-up areas which are physically joined to it. Within Harborough District, the Leicester Principal Urban Area includes Scraptoft, Thurnby and Bushby. These settlements form the top of the Harborough settlement hierarchy in recognition of their proximity and relative ease of access to the range of higher order health, education, cultural and retail services and facilities and employment opportunities available within Leicester.
30. Rural Centres are identified within the settlement hierarchy as a focus for rural development, to serve both the settlement itself and the surrounding rural area. Focusing rural development in these villages will help to support existing services and facilities and provide a focal point for use by residents of surrounding smaller villages and hamlets.
31. The resulting settlement hierarchy provides a framework for ensuring sustainable development by specifying an appropriate approach to future development in each layer of the hierarchy. Figure 4 below provides a summary of the settlement hierarchy, including the definition and list of settlements at each layer in the hierarchy, together with a description of the approach to development.
32. This settlement hierarchy has been used as a basis to develop the housing and employment options which follow.