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Representations on New Local Plan Options - Q1. Do you have any comments on the Draft Vision?

Representation ID: 5084

COMMENT Leicester City Council (Mr Fabian D'Costa)

Summary:

Leicester City Council Transport Strategy Team: Increased provision for walking and cycling and an emphasis on improving public transport will also contribute to a reduction in air quality levels too (as Lutterworth is a declared air quality management area).

Representation ID: 5017

COMMENT Mr John L. Marlow

Summary:

The aims are laudable but there is no sign of any joint attempt to improve the pattern and regularity of public transport by bus across district/county. The service pattern is radial from Leicester with cross traffic poor and infrequent. Despite this the 'Vision' appears to embrace improved access and a reduction in reliance on the car. A little honesty would be welcome on the part of the District Council.
There is no definition of the phrase 'new housing will reflect local NEEDS in terms of type, size and tenure'. I challenge the assertion that new development will be of 'high quality and well-designed'.
It is very hard to see how 'valued community services' will survive given the closure of local libraries. Honesty is required.

Representation ID: 5004

COMMENT Bloor Homes Ltd, Jelson Ltd and Davidsons Developments Ltd represented by Pegasus Planning Group (Mr Guy Longley)

Summary:

The vision does not adequately refelct that the Scraptoft/Thurnby/Bushby adjoing the urban area of Leicester. long established spatial strategy for the HMA recognises the Leicester PUA as the most sutainabile location for future development. The proposed settlement hierarchy recognises the Leicester PUA forms the top of the settlement hierarchy for the district. The vision should be amended to more clearly reflect the above points.

Representation ID: 5003

COMMENT Bloor Homes Ltd, Jelson Ltd and Davidsons Developments Ltd represented by Pegasus Planning Group (Mr Guy Longley)

Summary:

The NPPF advises that Local Plans should be drawn up over an appropriate time scale, preferably 15 years. Given that the SHMA looks to 2036 as well as 2031, we consider that it would be more appropriate for the NLP to look forward to 2036, providing greater certainty and avoidning the need for an early review to address development needs beyond 2031.
It is important that the NLP takes a long term view and that HMA authorities work collaboratively to agree a spatial strategy to 2036. The plan period should be revised to an end date of 2036.

Representation ID: 4963

COMMENT Mr John Martin

Summary:

- There is mention of the prospects of a better access to the rural environment but no mention of a better access to the other urban conurbations within the district. Such services need to be integrated and in place long before any large development is allowed.
- The visions can be summarised as "Pie in the Sky"
- Housing will be provided for all income and age groups which is totally opposite to the current position within HDC area.

Representation ID: 4879

SUPPORT Grace Homes represented by Pegasus (Ms Joanne Althorpe)

Summary:

Grace Homes generally supports the vision. However, it is felt that the role of Selected Rural Villages counld be specifically referenced.

Representation ID: 4854

SUPPORT Mr Michael Lenihan

Summary:

The vision for the district is fine

Representation ID: 4846

COMMENT R.W. & H.J. Dewes represented by Pegasus Planning Group (Mr Guy Longley)

Summary:

The draft vision does not refer to Magna Park, despite the fact that the options paper presents options for the expansion of this strategically important distribution park. It would be appropriate for the draft vision to make reference to its presence and proposals over the plan period.

Representation ID: 4835

COMMENT Mr Stephen Lucas

Summary:

The sentence on housing provision in our view needs to incorporate the word range to read as: 'the whole range of local needs both for starter homes and for older persons'. There is a need for housing variety to widen housing choices. Too often what is offered are standard 3-4-5 bed box suburban 'executive' and 'quasi executive' houses.
There is a fundamental need for up to date survay information of all housing need, not just affordable or starter homes.
The primacy of Market Harborough as an historic centre of importance does not come out in this vision as it should.
Market Harborough and Lutterworth are very different in size, history , character and layout and this should be reflected in the vision.

Representation ID: 4821

SUPPORT Wheatcroft Properties Ltd represented by Pegasus Planning Group (Mr Guy Longley)

Summary:

The vision is supported, particularly in relation to the importance of providing further employment opportunities in larger villages through appropriate allocations.
The NPPF advises that local plans should be drawn up over an appropriate time scale, preferably a 15-year time horizon, should take account of longer term requirments and be kept up to date. Given that a key component of the evidence base, the Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment, looks forward to 2036 as well as 2031, we consider that it would be more appropriate for the new Local Plan to look forward to 2036, giving greater certainty and avoiding the need for an early review.

Representation ID: 4814

SUPPORT Millers Homes represented by Pegasus (Ms Joanne Althorpe)

Summary:

Miller Homes agrees with the draft vision to deliver new development in the most sustainable locations.by directing growth to the most sustainable settlements defined in the settlement hierarchy, the Local Plan accords with the statutory requirement of contributing towards the achievement of sustainable development (Section 39(2) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004).
Miller Homes has land interests at Glebe Farm, Broughton Astley (SHLAA reference A/BA/MXD/05) and supports further growth within the settlement, which is identified as a Key Centre in the settlement hierarchy.

Representation ID: 4761

SUPPORT Natural England (Mr Sean Mahoney)

Summary:

We support the broad vision for the District. We strongly support the commitment to improve the overall diversity and quality of Harborough's countryside, natural environment and built heritage and to ensure better access to the countryside and an improved range of open spaces for local communities to enjoy. We welcome the commitment to improve the District's resilience to the impacts of climate change by locating new development in areas of low flood risk and incorporating Sustainable Drainage Systems to manage run-off water sustainably.

Representation ID: 4662

SUPPORT Cllr Rosita Page

Summary:

The vision for the district is acceptable.

Representation ID: 4560

OBJECT The Co-operative Group (Mr Matthew Stafford)

Summary:

TCG considers that the above highlighted wording is pre-emptive and prejudicial of the plan-making process as it expresses a preference for concentrating the majority of new homes through extending the existing urban area and larger settlements. Until decision has been taken on the preferred distribution of new development, which can only occur following full and proper consultation and detailed consideration of the 9 alternative growth options presented in Section 5, and the preferred option decided, it is not appropriate to provide a Draft Vision.

Representation ID: 4454

OBJECT Thurnby And Bushby Society (Mr Jeffrey Rosenthal)

Summary:

We do not agree that the 'edge of Leicester settlements' are sustainable locations. Further, we think that it is important to prevent urban sprawl which effectively just expands Leicester. This will destroy the identity of the existing settlements of Thurnby, Bushby and Scraptoft, contrary to the desire to keep them expressed in para 148. Also there is limited public transport.
The topography means that Thurnby & Bushby and Scraptoft cannot be regarded as one unit for services and facilities unless a car is available.
The raod system means that there are very few through roads. There is therefore enormous pressure on the A47, Station Road/Lane and the narrow village streets which are totally inadequate for modern traffic volumes.The capacity of the A47 must be more critically assessed then it was for the Core Strategy.An integrated traffic forecast and assessment of the practical constraints in sufficient detail to address these issues is required.

Representation ID: 4301

COMMENT MR ROBERT HALKETT

Summary:

Although the Vision and Objectives are laudable they could have been written by any school pupil as if for an exam.

Representation ID: 4275

SUPPORT Sport England (Steven Beard)

Summary:

Whilst being generally supportive of the draft Vision it is considered that the vision could be more supportive with regard to sports facilities, open space and playing fields.

Representation ID: 4264

SUPPORT Cliffe Investments Ltd represented by Pegasus Planning Group (Miss Sophie Trouth)

Summary:

Cliffe Investments generally support the draft vision of the Local Plan as set out at Figure 2. The role of Selected Rural Villages could be specifically referenced within this vision; to meet local needs and support the long-term sustainability of a settlement.

Representation ID: 4222

COMMENT Gladman Developments Ltd (Ms Nicole Penfold)

Summary:

The Vision shoould be strengthened to state that the housing needs of the local population will be met in full.

Representation ID: 4099

COMMENT DLA Town Planning (David Lane)

Summary:

We support the emphasis in the vision given to delivering new development in most sustainable locations. We also support the recognition within the vision of Market Harborough's important role in accommodating new development. In addition, the identification of the specific housing needs of older people and those needing starter homes is supported. Development at Overstone Park can make a significant contribution to achieving this vision. The plans for Overstone Park provide for an area of bungalows, which not only provides for the increasing demand for "downsizing" properties but also respects the landscape by creating a lower form of built development.

Representation ID: 3993

COMMENT Redrow Homes (South Midlands) (Mr Russell Crow)

Summary:

We broadly agree with the Council's Draft Vision for the District over the emerging Plan period to 2031. In particular, we agree with the Council's desire for new development to be delivered in the most sustainable locations.
It is noted that the Draft Vision clearly states that the District has a "distinct identity as a predominately rural area of villages and market towns". As such, in looking to meet strategic growth requirements over the emerging Plan period, we consider it appropriate to disperse development across the District to ensure that the needs of individual settlements are met whilst retaining their rural identity. Alternative wording suggested to give a greater degree of flexibility within the draft Vision (where 'necessary' rather than where 'possible'in relation to the focus for development).

Representation ID: 3843

SUPPORT Anglian Water Services Ltd (Mr Stewart Patience)

Summary:

Anglian Water welcomes the reference made to new development incorporating Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDs) to manage surface run-off.

Representation ID: 3791

COMMENT Ullesthorpe Parish Council (Mrs Katherine Clarke)

Summary:

The vision for the District is fine.

Representation ID: 3637

SUPPORT Mr Simon Smith

Summary:

the vision for the district looks ok

Representation ID: 3576

COMMENT THURNBY AND BUSHBY Parish Council (Mrs S Bloy)

Summary:

The Parish Council is concerned at the emphasis being placed on 'edge of Leicester settlements'; 'sustainable urban extensions'; and, the placing of the PUA at the top of Harborough's Settlement Hierarchy. Surely HDC should be protecting the make-up of the District and not allowing the absorption of key village settlements into the City of Leicester. The proximity to the City of Leicester is by no means the only measure of sustainability. It is difficult to see the benefits that the proposed relief road will provide. Rather it will redirect traffic through the heart of the settlement including the Conservation Area.

Representation ID: 3549

COMMENT THURNBY AND BUSHBY Parish Council (Mrs S Bloy)

Summary:

Summary: The Parish Council is concerned at the emphasis being placed on 'edge of Leicester settlements'; 'sustainable urban extensions'; and, the placing of the PUA at the top of Harborough's Settlement Hierarchy. Surely HDC should be protecting the make-up of the District and not allowing the absorption of key village settlements into the City of Leicester. The proximity to Leicester is by no means the only measure of sustainability. It is difficult to see the benefits that the proposed relief road will provide. Rather it will redirect traffic through the heart of the settlement including the Conservation Area.

Representation ID: 3529

SUPPORT Hungarton Neighbourhod Plan Committee (Mr James Patterson)

Summary:

We are happy with the vision

Representation ID: 3499

SUPPORT Mrs Charlotte Johnston

Summary:

The vision achieves a good balance between sustainable development and environmental benefit and maintenance of the special rural character of the area

Representation ID: 3419

COMMENT Lutterworth East Landowners represented by Gary Stephens

Summary:

The Lutterworth East Landowners (LEL) welcomes the inclusion of a Draft Vision, but request the Council give consideration to the Vision be amended to add reference to a reduction in pollution, and specifically improvements to air quality within the District.

Representation ID: 3386

SUPPORT Bloor Home Ltd represented by Define (Mr Mark Rose)

Summary:

Support for the role of Scraptoft, Thurnby and Busbby as identified in the Vision as it is the most sustainable location for future development in the District.

Representation ID: 3318

COMMENT Brudenell Estates represented by Landmark Planning Ltd (Lance Wiggins)

Summary:

Local needs definition is too narrow.
Rural settlements should be allowed the opportunity to remain sustainable long term.

Representation ID: 3262

OBJECT Davidsons Developments Limited represented by Bidwells (David Bainbridge)

Summary:

On behalf of our client, Davidsons Developments Limited, we are very grateful for this opportunity to comment on the New Local Plan for Harborough Options Consultation Paper.

Representation ID: 3209

OBJECT MR Michael Wilcox

Summary:

. Although well meaning this seems to be a rather ambitious" wish list" rather than realistic objectives of what HDC can deliver. i.e How can HDC ensure that the workforce will be better educated in line with business needs and crime and fear of crime will be reduced?
Also under affordable add "to meet the needs of local people"

Representation ID: 3204

OBJECT Hft represented by Mr. Nigel Simkin

Summary:

While we support the draft Local Plan Vision in principle, we believe that the new Local Plan draft has failed to adequately address the issue of Previously Developed Land in the countryside. The reuse of such land is supported by, and is in fact a core principle of, the NPPF (Paragraph 17). As such, these sites should be prioritised as a means to meet local and District wide housing needs. For more information, please refer to attached letter.

Representation ID: 3189

OBJECT mr jonjo Elliott

Summary:

My objection is based on the schools. Where will the children go to school? The Kibworth schools are full. Are they going to build new schools or are the local residents expected to drive children to other over populated schools?

Representation ID: 3186

SUPPORT George Burton ARCHITECTURE AND ECOLOGY Ltd (George Burton)

Summary:

We support the Council's intention to direct housing to sustainable locations including the selected rural villages

Representation ID: 3154

COMMENT Mrs Margaret Wright

Summary:

I would like to see HDC make more effort to adhere to this policy than evidence has shownin the past.

Representation ID: 2890

SUPPORT mr william naylor represented by mr william naylor

Summary:

I generally support the Draft Vision but would like to see more emphasis for the role of Selected Rural Villages. This will enable local people to remain in the district and will support local business and make them more sustainable.

Representation ID: 2866

OBJECT The Co-operative Group (Mr Matthew Stafford)

Summary:

Please see representations submitted by the Co-operative Group (20151029 TCG Reps New Plan for Harborough Options Consultation Doc') by email on 29/10/15 to planningpolicy@harborough.gov.uk

Representation ID: 2859

OBJECT Bovis Homes Ltd represented by Star Planning & Development (David Barnes)

Summary:

Time horizon should be extended to 2036.

Representation ID: 2800

COMMENT Edmund Hunt

Summary:

There should be freater clarity on low carbon intentions, enabling electric vehicle charging / optimisation of rail networks where possible.
Should ensure there is a fair distribution of employment around the region the correlates to housing placement.
A greater emphasis on clean air should be included given the district's issues with it.
Should ensure harborough has an identity to it, much like cotswolds / suffolk / peak district etc, harborough should find its own.
Promote in-town shopping and not out of town.

Representation ID: 2766

SUPPORT BILLESDON Parish Council (Paul Collins)

Summary:

Agree in principle, but would emphasis on urban development as opposed to rural development. Concerned about the phrase "with vibrant towns and large villages" above. There is a place for sl=maller villages such as Billesdon in future plans,

Representation ID: 2682

SUPPORT Mr A Adcock

Summary:

At this stage Cotesbach Parish Council in theory supports the Draft vision, but would point out it will be difficult to deliver in practise.

Representation ID: 2587

COMMENT David Wilson Homes East Midlands (Helen Bareford)

Summary:

The Draft Vision is generally positive, and the focus for the provision of new development in 'Rural Centres' is fully supported. A greater emphasis should be placed on the need to provide new housing both on a strategic and local level. Harborough District Council are required to significantly boost the supply of housing and maintain a 5 year housing land supply in accordance with Paragraph 47 of the the NPPF which should be referenced.

Representation ID: 2496

COMMENT Mrs Patricia Horwell

Summary:

Development in a SRV is imperative, however the needs of local people, those who have grown up in the village, are often overlooked. The affordability of new housing and the pointing system used by social housing are two factors as to why villagers have to leave. Unfortunately the local plan cannot dictate the type of housing built by developers, and it is NOT in the developers interest to provide a development that does not maximise profit. Although S106 can be useful, it is woefully inadequate to be of any use as negotiation is not maximised to the villages advantage.

Representation ID: 2371

SUPPORT Ms Caroline Pick

Summary:

The vision and objectives look good

Representation ID: 2096

SUPPORT Mr Michael Ward

Summary:

Agree

Representation ID: 1992

COMMENT Mrs Samantha Village

Summary:

Paragraph 2 reference to 'natural environment and built heritage'- it would be better if this could be changed to 'natural and historical environment and built heritage'? This would include the historical features of the landscape such as ridge and furrow for instance.

Representation ID: 1959

SUPPORT MRS JANE FAIRCLIFFE

Summary:

support

Representation ID: 1936

SUPPORT FOXTON Parish Council (Mrs A Hall)

Summary:

P 12 Agree

Representation ID: 1735

OBJECT Mr Michael Lord

Summary:

Re para 4 of the Draft Vision:

With the revoking of the Regional Plans the distribution of housing between sustainable sites can be re-adjusted. The numbers required in the former PUA should be reduced.

It is a misconception that Thurnby, Bushby and Scraptoft is a sustainable location just because it borders Leicester City. Actually the restricted road network, lack of adequate public transport, services and facilities mean it is not sustainable

Representation ID: 1549

COMMENT mrs Emma Andrew

Summary:

Green spaces should be protected and more money invested in sport and recreation facilities. Better transport links for those without cars. Roads must be fit for purpose.

Representation ID: 1513

COMMENT Dr Paul Dimmer

Summary:

I generally support this vision. However,
1. I would like to see an intention to control and reduce pollution in its various guises (e.g. air, light, noise).
2. I do not think the emphasis for carbon reduction should just be on private vehicles, which is my interpretation of the current wording.
3. There is nothing about ensuring developments, especially industrial ones, do not have a negative visual impact on Harborough's rural areas. Unfortunately existing ones do, and by 2031 these should be rectified.

Representation ID: 1455

COMMENT Historic England (Claire Searson)

Summary:

Reference to the wealth of heritage assets within the Borough within section 2 'A Brief portrait of Harborough' should be included. This will set the scene in relation to meeting the NPPF requirements for local plans to set out a positive strategy for the conservation and enjoyment if its heritage (Paragraph 126).

Reference in the vision should be amended to state 'the historic environment.' Reference to 'built heritage' is limiting as not all heritage assets are 'built' - for example archaeology and historic landscapes. It would be helpful to make reference to heritage at risk being tackled here.

Representation ID: 1423

COMMENT CLAYBROOKE PARVA Parish Council (Maurice C Howell)

Summary:

The vision for the District is fine

Representation ID: 1393

OBJECT Mrs DL Evans

Summary:

I BELIEVE THAT ANY HOUSING BUILDING SHOULD BE SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT AND NOT JUST IN THE MARKET TOWNS.

Representation ID: 1386

SUPPORT Mr Alex Boddy

Summary:

This is a positive vision for the district which is difficult to disagree with

Representation ID: 1255

COMMENT Brudenell Estates represented by Landmark Planning Ltd (Lance Wiggins)

Summary:

The emphasis on providing for local needs risks not catering appropriately for all facets of market and affordable housing, particularly in rural areas. The approach set out in the adopted Core Strategy of designating a number of settlements 'unsustainable' based on their existing services and facilities has prevented development and restricted new people who would have added new live and vibrancy from moving into the settlement. This approach should not be carried forward in the new Local Plan.

Representation ID: 1244

SUPPORT Mrs Dorothy Ward

Summary:

Seems reasonable

Representation ID: 1143

COMMENT Mr Lewis Freeman

Summary:

I think that the important features of the draft are:- predominantly RURAL area, market towns! and 'high quality of life'.
Plus 'the opportunity for neighbourhood planning to make decisions re. new develoments'

Representation ID: 1129

COMMENT Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes (Mr Robert Galij)

Summary:

Welcome the role of 'rural centres' in accommodating new residential development. However, wonder whether the provision of new housing should be given greater emphasis in the Draft Vision thereby reflecting, more fully, the NPPF and its emphasis on 'boosting significantly the supply'. Recommend the first two lines in paragraph 6 are amended as follows : '...A significant amount of new housing will have been provided reflecting strategic requirements and local needs and, in terms of type, size and tenure, greater equality of access to suitable accommodation will have been promoted. Older people...'

Representation ID: 979

SUPPORT Mr Alastair Willis

Summary:

Very commendable vision. Can there be on-going cross-checking mechanisms to ensure they are adhered to, rather than a focus simply on achieving numerical housing targets?

Representation ID: 817

OBJECT Mrs Barbara Strevens

Summary:

A mix of residential development will have been delivered to meet local needs and the necessary infrastructure and community facilities/services required to support growth will have been delivered on time to meet the needs of new and existing communities..

There isn't the local need for 1200 new homes in Kibworth. We do not have the infrastructure to cope with this No.s of homes. It will be detrimental to the existing community to have this No.s of homes built until the infrastructure is able to cope with the increased population and associated traffic.

Representation ID: 747

COMMENT Claybrooke Magna Parish Council (Mrs J P Butcher)

Summary:

There should be more emphasis on reduction of carbon emissions beyond low carbon design. And should be clear reference to protecting biodiversity. In respect to the drive for Localism, there should be an emphasis on real involvement of the people HDC serve in planning and decision making.

Representation ID: 642

COMMENT Sport England (Steven Beard)

Summary:

improved social, recreational, health and educational facilities, this section should include sports facilities providing the right facilities in the right place by protection , enhancement or new provision

http://www.sportengland.org/facilities-planning/planning-for-sport/forward-planning/

Representation ID: 571

SUPPORT Market Harborough Civic Society (Bernard Bowen)

Summary:

Very commendable vision. Will the Council adopt on going cross checking mechanisms to ensure the objectives are being achieved, rather than simply focusing on numerical housing targets.

Representation ID: 555

OBJECT Mrs Jan Butcher

Summary:

There should be more emphasis on reduction of carbon emissions beyond low carbon design. And should be clear reference to protecting biodiversity. In respect to the drive for Localism, there should be an emphasis on real involvement of the people HDC serve in planning and decision making.

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