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No Comments 5. Housing

View Comments (9) Why do we need to build more houses?

33. Our lifestyles are changing. We are living longer, marrying later and divorcing more than previous generations. This reduces the average number of people living in each house and increases the need for more houses. As the economy recovers, so the demand for new houses increases. We are also in an area of high demand with home ownership beyond the financial reach of many households. We can help by carefully planning to provide much needed extra housing.

34. The current plan (the Harborough District Core Strategy) does not plan for all of Harborough's housing needs. Some of this is being met in parts of Leicester and Leicestershire in need of regeneration. This was agreed through the East Midlands Regional Plan (March 2009). However, this plan was revoked in 2011 and replaced by a requirement for local authorities to work together to understand future housing needs.

View Comments (20) How many new houses do we need to build?

35. We must plan for new housing over a wider area than just Harborough District. The whole of Leicester and Leicestershire has been defined a 'housing market area' (HMA), across which people travel to work and move house. The 7 local authorities have worked together to commission a 'Strategic Housing Market Assessment' (SHMA) (2014) for Leicester and Leicestershire under the Government's required 'Duty to Cooperate'. The SHMA calculates the 'objectively assessed needs' (OAN) for housing up to 2031 and to 2036. These two dates were used to provide relevant objectively assessed needs figures for all the HMA partners, some of which are preparing local plans with an end date of 2036. However, for Harborough the need to get a plan in place in order to start to deliver future housing needs and to ensure compliance with the Government's aim to speed up plan preparation point to 2031 as the most appropriate end date for the new Local Plan. The SHMA calculates both the number of houses needed to buy and rent on the private market along with the number of 'affordable houses' needed.

36. The starting point for calculating future housing needs within the SHMA is the Government population projection. This is used to calculate future household numbers and is then adjusted to reflect local migration and household formation rates. The result is then increased in order to provide enough homes for future workers, to try to address the problem of high costs and to meet the need for more affordable housing. The result is objectively assessed housing needs for the housing market area, and for each of the 7 Leicester and Leicestershire local authorities. Each authority has indicated that it has enough suitable housing land to meet its objectively assessed needs.

37. Within Harborough District the objectively assessed housing needs are for 475 new dwellings each year from 2011 to 2031 or a total of 9,500 dwellings over the plan period. This is substantially higher than the figure set out in the Core Strategy, which planned for 350 new dwellings each year between 2006 and 2028, or a total of 7,700 dwellings over the plan period. Figure 5 below shows the step change in the annual requirement from 350 to 475 dwellings (red line) compared with the number of houses built each year (shown as blue columns).

Figure 5

Housing Completions Annual Target (350 / 475) Rolling Average 2006 to 2013

2006/07

450

350

2007/08

586

350

518.0

2008/09

263

350

433.0

2009/10

542

350

460.3

2010/11

300

350

428.2

2011/12

240

475

396.8

2012/13

284

475

380.7

2013/14

334

475

374.9

2014/15

496

475

388.3

Figure 5: Rate of new homes built since 1 April 2006

38. However, it is worth bearing in mind that nearly two thirds (61%) of the 9,500 dwellings needed over the plan period have already been built or planned for. Since 1 April 2011 a total of 5,813 dwellings were either built or committed through the granting of planning permissions or through allocation in Neighbourhood Plans, leaving just 3,687 dwellings to plan for (as at 31 March 2015), as shown in Figure 6 below. Current housing commitments will contribute towards meeting Harborough's objectively assessed needs. Based on previous experience, we do not foresee significant levels of non-delivery of these housing commitments and completions. Taking the level of commitments and completions at the start of the plan period (1st April 2011) of 3,434, a total of only 224 dwellings were not delivered. This was either through lapsed consents (i.e. the planning permission was not implemented within the given time frame) or because the final number of dwellings built on a site was lower than the number given planning permission. This represents a 6.5% non-delivery rate. If this rate was projected on to the current commitments and completions, it would suggest a possible future reduction in delivery by 378 dwellings and therefore a need to find a further 378 dwellings. However, at the point of submission of the new Local Plan for Harborough, the level of commitments and completions will be updated from 1st April 2015 figures to 1st April 2016 figures. Based on recent completion figures, it is expected that the updated commitment and completion figures will compensate for any future non-delivery. All the figures will of course be updated at that time.

Figure 6

Total Commitments and completions

Residual housing requirement

5813

3687

Figure 6: Housing commitments and completions and the residual housing requirement to plan for.

Where should the new housing go?

39. The new Local Plan will set out a strategy to meet Harborough's objectively assessed housing needs to 2031. It will do so whilst ensuring sustainable economic development is supported, infrastructure is delivered, local communities are protected, environmental capacity is respected and the quality of the built environment and heritage assets are protected.

View Comments (18) Potential Strategic Development Areas

40. We have received proposals in response to our regular Call for Sites which indicate that large amounts of land could deliver not only significant housing provision but also provide additional transport infrastructure. This could provide access to the sites in question and offer additional links in the District's road network. Such proposals are at a scale which would also require and be able to provide space for education and community facilities together with local employment provision. Initial evidence suggests that provision of such transport infrastructure may be viable but we are considering what impact this may have on the delivery of other community infrastructure and affordable housing, to ensure that a rounded and complete package of infrastructure is available for each new community across the District.

41. Four potential Strategic Development Areas (SDAs) have been identified for further testing. Each could provide at least 1000 dwellings and other uses, together with the road links as described in the options in Section 5. Please see maps of the possible Strategic Development Areas at Appendix B. These maps are indicative only at this stage to help explain the locations of the potential strategic development areas. The maps represent potential sites submitted to us for consideration through the new Local Plan process. The viability and deliverability of these sites is currently being assessed. These assessments may change the estimates of the numbers of houses which the strategic development areas can deliver within the plan period. The potential strategic development area maps do not represent Council policy at this stage, or commit the Council to their allocation in the final new Local Plan or to any particular decisions in relation to these sites.

View Comments (16) Alternative Housing and Employment Options

42. The following growth options set out alternative ways of meeting Harborough District's objectively assessed housing needs to 2031. Each option would deliver the full objectively assessed needs of 9,500 dwellings in conjunction with the existing completed houses and commitments (through planning permissions and allocations in Neighbourhood Plans) together with meeting future employment needs and is described in more detail below.

43. There are three main sets of Housing and Employment Options: A, B and C.

  • Set A Options continue to distribute housing growth in a similar way to the existing strategy, set out in the Core Strategy (the current plan for Harborough).
  • Set B Options rely on the delivery of one large site or Strategic Development Area (SDA), delivering at least 1,000 dwellings, and often including employment opportunities, primary schools, local shops and other significant infrastructure including relief roads. This would mean a lower amount of housing development across the remainder of the District and provide additional employment land.
  • Set C Options rely on the delivery of two SDAs, with accompanying infrastructure. This option would reduce further the need for housing development in other parts of the District and provide additional employment land.

44. Each set of options includes a number of variations in the delivery of housing and employment, for example: different locations for the SDAs; and different concentrations of development. There are 3 variations in each set, giving a total of nine options. Each option is described in more detail below (paras 52-69) with a map to illustrate the option. All of the options allow us to deliver the required housing and employment growth. The table at para 79 illustrates the possible sites which may be needed to deliver housing growth within each main settlement under each of the alternative options. The implications for employment land delivery are briefly explained under each option and discussed in more detail in Section 9. The potential benefits and issues of the 9 growth options on each of the main settlements in Harborough are explored in Section 13.

45. Table B at Appendix C shows the number of houses that would be built in each of the sustainable settlements under each of the 9 options set out in this section. These figures assume housing delivery within the potential strategic development areas would be at the levels indicated in these options. Should further work on the viability and deliverability of potential strategic development areas change the estimates of numbers of houses to be delivered within the plan period, such changes would need to be reflected in the housing requirement figures for other settlements. This could result in an increase in the housing requirement figures for other sustainable settlements to ensure that the total residual housing requirement is delivered across the District during the plan period.

46. The housing requirement figures in this table are residual figures only, meaning that the number of houses already built or committed in each settlement since 2011 has already been deducted from the settlement's housing requirement. Settlements with a high number of existing commitments and completions will therefore have a lower residual requirement than those which have built fewer houses or had fewer commitments since 2011.

47. In Broughton Astley, for example, over 600 houses have been either built or committed since 2011. These are primarily on sites identified through the Broughton Astley Neighbourhood Plan which planned positively and allocated more housing for the village than was required under the existing adopted Core Strategy. As such, Broughton Astley's entire future housing requirement to 2031 has already been planned for through the Neighbourhood Plan, resulting in a nominal figure of 0 under each of the options. In reality, of course, Broughton Astley Neighbourhood Plan remains in place and provides the housing requirement figure for Broughton Astley whichever option or hybrid option is ultimately taken forward. Future planning proposals for new dwellings in Broughton Astley will be considered in light of the Neighbourhood Plan and policies in the emerging new Local Plan, including the Settlement Development policy, the draft of which appears at par 81. Any future revision to the emerging new Local Plan would consider this issue again and compare any future housing requirement for Broughton Astley with the level planned for though the Neighbourhood Plan.

48. For comparison purposes, Appendix D shows the number of new houses needed in each settlement if future housing needs were simply distributed evenly across the District in proportion to the existing size of each settlement. This distribution is not put forward as an option in its own right because it does not represent a genuine positive plan-led approach. However, it may help to highlight the policy approach taken under each of the 9 options presented for consideration and comment.

49. Each alternative option focuses on the delivery of housing and employment growth in the larger most sustainable settlements in Harborough (i.e. Selected Rural Village level and above in the settlement hierarchy, as discussed in Section 4). Some smaller settlements below this level may be able to accommodate limited small housing developments. However, such developments would not be planned through the new Local Plan and as such are not included in the housing options. There is however a separate set of Housing in the Countryside options to consider how best to manage growth in these settlements (please see Section 6).

50. Your views are invited on the alternative options which are presented below. These will then inform the preparation of the new Local Plan for Harborough.

51. The final option selected may be one of the options described below, or may be a hybrid of more than one option, or may be a slight variation of one of these options.

View Comments (274) OPTION 1: RURAL

Variation on the current distribution strategy - with an enhanced rural focus

Figure 7
Figure 7: Map to illustrate Option 1

52. Under this option a total of 60% of the District's future housing needs would be met in the urban settlements (Thurnby, Bushby and Scraptoft, Market Harborough, Lutterworth and Broughton Astley) and 40% met in the rural settlements (Rural Centres and Selected Rural Villages).

53. The bulk of general employment provision would be in Market Harborough (approximately 10ha), with at least 4ha in Lutterworth and approximately 3ha in Fleckney to balance its relatively high potential housing growth. There would also be additional provision for strategic distribution close to Magna Park, the scale of which is yet to be determined.

View Comments (236) OPTION 2: CORE STRATEGY DISTRIBUTION

Continue to use the current (Core Strategy) distribution strategy

Figure 8

Figure 8: Map to illustrate Option 2

54. Under this option the distribution of future housing needs would broadly continue as identified in the existing adopted Core Strategy, with approximately 70% of future new housing planned for the urban settlements and 30% planned for the rural settlements.

55. The bulk of general employment provision would be in Market Harborough (approximately 10ha), with at least 4ha in Lutterworth and approximately 3ha in Fleckney to balance its relatively high potential housing growth. There would also be additional provision for strategic distribution close to Magna Park, the scale of which is yet to be determined.

View Comments (238) OPTION 3: URBAN

Variation on the current distribution strategy - with an enhanced urban focus

Figure 9

Figure 9: Map to illustrate Option 3

56. Under this option a total of 80% of the District's future housing needs would be met in the urban settlements and 20% met in the rural settlements.

57. The bulk of general employment provision would be in Market Harborough (approximately 10ha), with at least 4ha in Lutterworth and approximately 3ha in Fleckney to balance its relatively high potential housing growth. There would also be additional provision for strategic distribution close to Magna Park, the scale of which is yet to be determined.

View Comments (271) OPTION 4: SCRAPTOFT / THURNBY SDA

Scraptoft / Thurnby Strategic Development Area and reduced growth in other parts of the District

Figure 10

Figure 10: Map to illustrate Option 4

58. A proposal has been received which would provide a significant extension to the East of Scraptoft and Thurnby within Harborough District. It is shown in Figure 24 at Appendix B. The proposal is for at least 1000 dwellings with community facilities and a link road between Scraptoft village and the A47. Considerable further assessment of transport impact, landscape and viability is needed to test whether it is appropriate for allocation. Delivery of this strategic development area would reduce the requirement for all other settlements in the District.

59. The bulk of general employment provision would be in Market Harborough (approximately 10ha), with at least 4ha in Lutterworth and approximately 3ha in Fleckney to balance its relatively high potential housing growth. The potential SDA at Scraptoft does not include proposals to deliver employment land at present, but this will be considered further. There would also be additional provision for strategic distribution close to Magna Park, the scale of which is yet to be determined.

View Comments (328) OPTION 5: KIBWORTH SDA

Kibworth Strategic Development Area and reduced growth in other parts of the District

Figure 11

Figure 11: Map to illustrate Option 5

60. Two alternative proposals near the Kibworths have been received and this option is derived from these. They are shown on Figures 25 and 26 at Appendix B. Both proposals offer new road infrastructure, community and employment facilities and around 1,200 houses. One proposal involves development to the north and east of Kibworth Harcourt and a potential relief road for the existing A6. Another involves development to the north and west of the Kibworths and linking road infrastructure between the A6 and Fleckney Road. Considerable further assessment of transport impact, landscape and viability is needed in terms of both proposals to test whether either is appropriate for allocation. This option would include just one of these two potential alternative strategic development areas at the Kibworths. Delivery of either potential strategic development area would reduce the requirement for all other settlements in the District.

61. Approximately 5ha of employment land would be delivered as part of the potential Kibworth SDA. A further 10ha (approx.) of employment land would be delivered in Market Harborough along with at least 4ha in Lutterworth and approximately 3ha in Fleckney to balance its relatively high potential housing growth. There would also be additional provision for strategic distribution close to Magna Park, the scale of which is yet to be determined.

View Comments (270) OPTION 6: LUTTERWORTH SDA

Lutterworth Strategic Development Area and reduced growth in other parts of the District

Figure 12

Figure 12: Map to illustrate Option 6

62. This option has been derived from a proposal that has been received which would provide approximately 1,950 dwellings, local facilities and employment land to the East of Lutterworth by 2031. It is shown in Figure 27 at Appendix B. This would involve provision of a road link between the A4304 (to the east of Lutterworth) and A426 (Leicester Road to the north of Lutterworth) which would provide relief for Lutterworth town centre. In addition, approximately 550 dwellings would be delivered at this location after 2031. There is also scope for provision of a motorway service facility adjoining M1 Junction 20 and land for strategic distribution. Considerable further assessment of transport impact, landscape and viability is needed to test whether it is appropriate for allocation. Delivery of this strategic development area would reduce the requirement for all other settlements in the District.

63. The proposal for a Lutterworth SDA would deliver approximately 10ha of employment land. Approximately 10ha of employment land would also be delivered in Market Harborough along with approximately 3ha in Fleckney to balance its relatively high potential housing growth. There would also be additional provision for strategic distribution close to Magna Park, the scale of which is yet to be determined.

View Comments (371) OPTION 7: SCRAPTOFT / THURNBY SDA AND KIBWORTH SDA

Strategic Development Areas at Scraptoft / Thurnby and Kibworth and limited growth in other parts of the District

Figure 13

Figure 13: Map to illustrate Option 7

64. This option would involve two of the proposals for strategic development areas in the District: approximately 1,200 dwellings at the Kibworths; and approximately 1,000 dwellings to the East of Scraptoft / Thurnby. Other settlements would receive limited housing growth.

65. Approximately 5ha of employment land would be delivered with one of the potential Kibworth SDAs. Approximately 10ha of employment land would also be delivered in Market Harborough, at least 4ha in Lutterworth and approximately 3ha in Fleckney to balance its relatively high potential housing growth. There would also be additional provision for strategic distribution close to Magna Park, the scale of which is yet to be determined.

View Comments (295) OPTION 8 SCRAPTOFT / THURNBY SDA AND LUTTERWORTH SDA

Strategic Development Areas at Scraptoft / Thurnby and Lutterworth and limited growth in other parts of the District

Figure 14

Figure 14: Map to illustrate Option 8

66. This option would involve two of the proposals for strategic development areas in the District: approximately 1,950 dwellings to the East of Lutterworth; and approximately 1,000 dwellings to the East of Scraptoft / Thurnby. Other settlements would receive limited housing growth.

67. The proposal for a Lutterworth SDA would deliver approximately 10ha of employment land. Approximately 10ha of employment land would also be delivered in Market Harborough and approximately 3ha of employment land in Fleckney to balance its relatively high potential housing growth. There would also be additional provision for strategic distribution close to Magna Park, the scale of which is yet to be determined.

View Comments (351) OPTION 9: LUTTERWORTH SDA AND KIBWORTH SDA

Strategic Development Areas at Lutterworth and Kibworth and limited growth in other parts of the District

Figure 15

Figure 15: Map to illustrate Option 9

68. This option would involve the implementation of two of the proposals for strategic development areas in the District: approximately 1,950 dwellings to the East of Lutterworth; and approximately 1,200 dwellings at the Kibworths. Other settlements would receive limited housing growth.

69. Approximately 10ha of employment land would be delivered at Lutterworth in conjunction with delivery of the potential Lutterworth SDA. Approximately 5ha of employment land would be delivered at Kibworth in conjunction with one of the potential Kibworth SDAs. A further approximately 10ha of employment land would also be delivered in Market Harborough and approximately 3ha of employment land in Fleckney to balance its potential housing growth. There would also be additional provision for strategic distribution close to Magna Park, the scale of which is yet to be determined.

View Comments (13) Testing the Options

70. A number of tests are being undertaken on the options to provide evidence of the deliverability and suitability of the different options. The outcome from these assessments will inform a decision on what the preferred option or combination of options should be for the new Local Plan. The principal assessments include:

  1. Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment) which compares the sustainability implications of the options;
  2. Land Availability Assessments which provide evidence of the amount of potential development land available in each settlement;
  3. Strategic Transport Assessment which assesses the impact of the options on future traffic levels; and
  4. Viability Assessment which seeks to ensure that any preferred option for the Plan is viable and deliverable.

71. The results of these assessments will be posted on the website as they are completed.

72. In addition, Section 13 of this Options Consultation Paper outlines the potential benefits and issues associated with each of the alternative options for each of the sustainable settlements within the District.

View Comments (49) Q3. We would like to know which Housing and Employment Option(s) you favour.

Please click on the pencil icon next to the relevant Option(s) and state whether you SUPPORT or OBJECT TO this option. Please explain your answer. If you would like to suggest a different option for locating Housing and Employment growth, or a hybrid of the options we have proposed, please describe it here.

View Comments (274) Option 1: Rural

View Comments (236) Option 2: Core Strategy Distribution

View Comments (238) Option 3: Urban

View Comments (271) Option 4: Scraptoft/Thurnby SDA

View Comments (328) Option 5: Kibworth SDA

View Comments (270) Option 6: Lutterworth SDA

View Comments (371) Option 7: Scraptoft/Thurnby SDA and Kibworth SDA

View Comments (295) Option 8: Scraptoft/Thurnby SDA and Lutterworth SDA

View Comments (351) Option 9: Lutterworth SDA and Kibworth SDA

View Comments (10) View Map How will new housing be delivered?

73. Following completion of this consultation and the testing of options, a preferred housing distribution strategy for the District will be identified. This will explain how Harborough's objectively assessed housing needs are to be met. The final new Local Plan for Harborough will provide a housing requirement figure for each of the larger settlements in Harborough (Selected Rural Village and above in the settlement hierarchy, see Section 4).

74. In addition to its existing commitments, the housing requirement for each settlement will be enabled through a combination of:

  • The new Local Plan allocating key sites for housing development; and
  • Neighbourhood Plans (where relevant) allocating sites for housing development; and
  • Development management - the Council determining planning applications using a new criteria-based policy (see para 81 for draft policy).

View Comments (13) View Map Potential housing site allocations

75. Sites allocated for housing development (through either the new Local Plan or through Neighbourhood Plans) are expected to provide sufficient land to deliver at least 66% of the total housing requirement for the District. A range and choice of sizes and locations of sites will be allocated in order to provide housing land across the District throughout the plan period, recognising that larger more complex sites are likely to take longer to start to deliver completed houses. Allocated sites are expected to fall into two categories:

  • Strategic Development Areas (sites of least 1000 dwellings and delivering significant highway infrastructure, together with community facilities and in some cases employment opportunities); and
  • Key housing allocations (sites able to deliver around 200 dwellings, achieved either alone or in combination with others).

76. We have identified 4 potential Strategic Development Areas at: land to the East of Scraptoft / Thurnby; 2 alternative locations at either land to the North and East of Kibworth Harcourt or land to the West of the Kibworths; and land to the East of Lutterworth. These are described in more detail in the alternative Options 4, 5 and 6 in paras 58-63.

77. We have identified a number of potential key housing allocation sites. We assessed sites previously submitted to us by land promoters through the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA, see Glossary). In addition, we have also used the following criteria to seek to identify sites which are of significance to the District and which require allocation:

  • By virtue of its size (generally above 200 dwellings but lower where necessary for the Rural Centres), the site will deliver an important element ofthe District's or the settlement's required growth; or
  • By virtue of its size (generally above 200 dwellings, but lower where necessary for the Rural Centres), the site represents a significant change forthe local community; or
  • The site will deliver significant infrastructure (such as a link road, primary school or strategic green infrastructure) or another important element of the overall District strategy or the strategy for that place; or
  • The site forms part of a broader development area made up of more than 1 site which requires comprehensive planning and delivery, for example to aid infrastructure provision or urban design; or
  • The site will contribute to land supply in the first 10 years of the plan period, providing for a continual supply of housing land; and
  • The site is not otherwise being allocated or considered for allocation through a Neighbourhood Plan.

78. Further assessment will take place to consider site-specific issues and to consider the sites against the proposed criteria in the draft Settlement Development policy set out in para 81 below. The results of this assessment, together with results of the Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating SEA) of sites will inform preparation of the pre-submission draft Local Plan, to be consulted on during June and July 2016.

79. Table 16 below illustrates potential housing site allocations, which may be needed to deliver each of the 9 alternative growth options. The potential housing allocations are shown here for illustrative purposes only at this stage. No firm decisions about these sites will be made until we have decided upon the preferred housing distribution option, following this consultation. There will be an opportunity to comment on draft site allocations during the pre-submission consultation new Local Plan. In some cases it is possible that larger sites could be split and could help to deliver a smaller housing requirement on part of the site. Equally, smaller sites have been included in Fleckney because of Fleckney's relatively high housing requirement under each of the options and because of the lack of potential sites able to deliver over 200 dwellings. Further discussions are taking place between the Council and neighbourhood planning groups to explore whether sites will be allocated through the new Local Plan or neighbourhood plans.

Potential Key Housing Allocation sites under each of Housing Options

Housing Distribution Options SHLAA
Reference
Potential
approx.
capacity
to 2031
Set A
Options
Set B
Options
Set C
Options

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Potential housing site allocations

<strong= Potential housing site is likely to be required to deliver Option

Scraptoft, Thurnby and Bushby

Land East of Scraptoft / Thurnby (potential Strategic Development Area)

A/SC/HSG/13

1,000

part </td </td </td

Market Harborough

Land at Overstone Park

A/MH/HSG/35

591

</td </td </td </td </td

East of Blackberry Grange, Northampton Road

A/MH/HSG/34

192

</td </td </td 1

West of Farndon Fields

A/MH/HSG/57

165

</td </td </td

Lutterworth

Land East of Lutterworth (potential Strategic Development Area)

A/LT/MXD/03

1,950

</td </td </td

Land east of Leicester Road

A/LT/HSG/15

218

</td </td </td </td </td </td </td </td </td

The Kibworths

Land north and east of Kibworth Harcourt OR Land north and west of the Kibworths

A/KB/MXD/27 OR A/KB/MXD/22

1,200

</td </td </td

Fleckney

Kilby Road

A/FK/HSG/06

105

</td </td 1 </td </td </td </td 1 1

Arnesby Road

A/FK/HSG/14

118

</td </td </td </td </td </td
Figure 16: Table to show potential Key Housing Allocation sites under each of the Housing Options

View Comments (9) View Map Development Management

80. As set out in the previous Scoping Consultation (2013), the new Local Plan will replace Limits to Development with a new criteria-based policy to determine planning applications for new housing within and on the edge of settlements. This will replace Limits to Development which were drawn up during the 1990's and adopted in the previous Local Plan (adopted in 2001) and which are now out of date. The criteria-based policy will provide greater flexibility, be more responsive to local circumstances and provide a more positive approach to managing development in conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework.

81. The proposed draft policy is set out below for your comment. A number of the criteria are broad in order to ensure that they can be applied to the full range of types of proposals, sites and settlements across the entire District. Additional supporting text will be provided in the pre-submission new Local Plan to give some guidance to the interpretation and implementation of the criteria.

No Comments Proposed Settlement Development policy to replace current Limits to Development:

Proposals which help to meet the development needs of Harborough District and secure the sustainability of the settlement will be approved where the proposal:

1. Is in conformity with the spatial strategy for Harborough District; and

2. Helps to meet the identified housing target for the settlement. Where development would result in the number of completions plus outstanding permissions exceeding the identified target, regard will be given to:

  1. the degree by which the requirement is exceeded;
  2. the likelihood of delivery of the outstanding permissions;
  3. evidence of community support;
  4. the benefits arising from the development; and

3. Is within, adjacent to or closely relates to the existing built up area of the settlement; and

4. Respects the shape and form of the settlement in order to maintain its distinctive character and enhance it where possible; and

5. Is of an appropriate scale which reflects the settlement size, character and level of service provision; and

6. Retains existing natural boundaries such as trees, hedges, rivers and streams which either contribute to visual amenity or are protected for their ecological value; and

7. Maintains important views and landmarks; and

8. Does not result in the coalescence of settlements; and protects the physical and visual separation of neighbouring settlements; and

9. Is sensitive to the landscape setting of the settlement; and

10. Retains and where possible, enhances the distinctive qualities of the landscape character area in which it is situated; and

11. Preserves and where possible, enhances the Conservation Area in which it is situated or adjacent to, where relevant; and

12. Preserves and where possible, enhances the setting of any heritage asset, where the setting of that heritage asset would be affected by the proposal; and

13. Provides for a safe vehicular and pedestrian access to the site and enables suitable footpath links to services and facilities within the settlement; and

14. Is in conformity with all other relevant policies within this Plan.

View Comments (77) Q4. Do you have any comments on the proposed criteria-based policy to replace Limits to Development?

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