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Q1. Do you have any comments on the Draft Vision?

Representation ID: 2587

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: David Wilson Homes East Midlands

Representation 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.

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Q2. Do you have any comments on the Draft Objectives, or any additional objectives to suggest?

Representation ID: 2595

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: David Wilson Homes East Midlands

Representation Summary:

Objective 1: Housing is welcomed however it is considered that strategic housing requirements should also be acknowledged. The objective should follow on from Objective 1 of the adopted Core Strategy, with reference to the need to meet both strategic requirements and local housing needs.

Support

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Harborough's Settlement Hierarchy

Representation ID: 2606

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: David Wilson Homes East Midlands

Representation Summary:

We are in support of the proposed Settlement Hierarchy. We welcome recognition of the roles Key Centres and Rural centres play within the District, providing key services to the settlements and surrounding areas. The focus for new development in Rural Centres and the acknowledgement of their capabilities for significant expansion is supported.

Support

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Key Centres

Representation ID: 2609

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: David Wilson Homes East Midlands

Representation Summary:

The allocation of Broughton Astley as a Key Centre is fully supported. The settlement is considered to be highly sustainable and well located in the District, thereby very capable of accommodating and sustaining new development and infrastructure.

Support

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Rural Centres

Representation ID: 2611

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: David Wilson Homes East Midlands

Representation Summary:

The inclusion of the Kibworths and Billesdon as Rural Centres is fully supported. Both settlements play an important role for the wider rural area and must be sustained by the allocation of signigicant new housing development and infrastructure.

Support

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Potential Strategic Development Areas

Representation ID: 2616

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: David Wilson Homes East Midlands

Representation Summary:

Support is given to the potential SDA west and north of Kibworth (Appendix B Figure 26). Land to the west of Kibworth Beauchamp has confirmed developer interest and can deliver both new housing and community facilites within the timeframe up to 2031. Land to the west of Kibworth performs well in terms of landscape capacity for development within the Rural Centres Landscape Character Assessment and Landscape Capacity Study (2014).
It is important that the New Local Plan provides flexibility to ensure development within an SDA can be approved and delivered quickly and efficiently.

Comment

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Option 1: Rural

Representation ID: 2630

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: David Wilson Homes East Midlands

Representation Summary:

The provision of 208 homes in Kibworth is welcomed however is too low for the plan period. The combined settlement is identified as the largest Rural Centre capable of sustaining new development to provide a rural focus. Kibworth is a highly sustainable location with a good range of services and facilities. Proposed housing figures for the Kibworths should be increased to reflect its position in the Hierarchy and to allow the Draft Vision of a rural focus to be achieved. 208 dwellings should be seen as a minimum figure.
The provision of 59 homes in Billesdon is supported.

Object

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Option 2: Core Strategy Distribution

Representation ID: 2634

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: David Wilson Homes East Midlands

Representation Summary:

The proposal for 56 homes in Kibworth is inappropriate and not in accordance with its position in the Settlement Hierarchy. Kibworth is a highly sustainable settlement with a good range of services and infrastructure. Significantly higher levels of housing provision are required to support Kibworths role as the largest Rural Centre. It is considered that at least 40% of future new housing should be planned for the rural settlements to achieve the Draft Vision and provide a rural focus.

Object

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Option 3: Urban

Representation ID: 2640

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: David Wilson Homes East Midlands

Representation Summary:

The provision of 20% of the District's future housing need to be met in the rural settlements is inadequate, and not a sustainable option for the rural settlements that require additional housing to support exsiting and new infrastructure. The provision of 20% is too low, is not in accordance with the Settlement Hierarchy and does not plan positively for the future growth of rural areas. It has been evidenced that the rural areas in the District can accommodate much higher housing numbers than proposed in this option. At least 40% of future housing needs should be met in rural areas.

Object

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Option 4: Scraptoft / Thurnby SDA

Representation ID: 2648

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: David Wilson Homes East Midlands

Representation Summary:

We strongly object to this housing option. No housing provision is made for Broughton Astley or the Rural Centre Kibworth. The Kibworths and Broughton Astley constitute large sustainable settlements with a good level of services. To propose no provision to beyond 2031 in both settlements and to propose only small numbers in the remaining Rural Centres is in conflict with their role in the Settlement Hierarchy, and does not plan positively for the future of rural areas. The Draft Vision looks in particular towards a focus for rural development via SDA's which is not supported by this option.

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