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

Representation ID: 4099

Received: 29/10/2015

Respondent: DLA Town Planning

Representation 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.

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

Representation ID: 4100

Received: 29/10/2015

Respondent: DLA Town Planning

Representation Summary:

We support reference in the objectives to issues of environmental capacity in relation to the location of new development. The Council's Landscape Capacity Study undertaken in 2009 remains an important part of the evidence base and is critical in selecting appropriate development sites going forward. Through this process the Overstone Park site as a whole was concluded to have medium/low sensitivity to accommodate development i.e. the least sensitive landscape category possible.

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Q3. Which Housing and Employment Option(s) do you favour? You can select a single option, a number of options or suggest a new option. You can also tell us which options you don't like.

Representation ID: 4101

Received: 29/10/2015

Respondent: DLA Town Planning

Representation Summary:

In broad terms we consider those options that follow the Core Strategy approach (options 1-3) represent the best and most sustainable approach to accommodating objectively assessed need in Harborough district. The settlement hierarchy within the Core Strategy was evidence based, was found sound by an Inspector following examination and reflects the availability of services and facilities in the District. The situation has not changed materially since adoption of the Core Strategy and we feel that a continuation of this broad approach is the most appropriate option for Harborough District.

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Potential housing site allocations

Representation ID: 4102

Received: 29/10/2015

Respondent: DLA Town Planning

Representation Summary:

The role of Overstone Park.
The SA findings for Overstone Park are supportive, with the site receiving more "dark green" ("supports sustainable development") ratings than any other housing site in Market Harborough. Two red ratings were identified. One was for the loss of agricultural land, and the agricultural land consultants confirming that Overstone Park is Grade 3b.
The Landscape Capacity assessment report, carried by HDC, concluded that Overstone Park, as a whole, had a High/Moderate/Low sensitivity for development, i.e. the category most able to accommodate new development without undue landscape harm.

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Option 1: Rural

Representation ID: 4103

Received: 29/10/2015

Respondent: DLA Town Planning

Representation Summary:

While the continuation of the Core Strategy approach to development is welcome, the particular focus on rural areas is not considered to be the most sustainable approach. The SA report showed a negative environmental impact, together with a negative resource use impact (option 1 was found to be the worst option in terms of resource use).
We support the Council's identification of Overstone Park as the site to deliver the scale of development associated with this option (a total of 807 dwellings for Market Harborough).

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Option 2: Core Strategy Distribution

Representation ID: 4104

Received: 29/10/2015

Respondent: DLA Town Planning

Representation Summary:

Options 2 and 3 allow Market Harborough to consolidate its position as the primary centre for the district. It will help support and underpin the retail and other services provided in the town and add to the overall resilience and sustainability of the town. The converse would be true if development were to be limited around the town. We support the Council's identification of Overstone Park as the site to deliver the scale of development associated with these options (totals of 1,329 and 1,983 dwellings for Market Harborough respectively).

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Option 3: Urban

Representation ID: 4105

Received: 29/10/2015

Respondent: DLA Town Planning

Representation Summary:

Options 2 and 3 allow Market Harborough to consolidate its position as the primary centre for the district. It will help support and underpin the retail and other services provided in the town and add to the overall resilience and sustainability of the town. We support the Council's identification of Overstone Park as the site to deliver the scale of development associated with these options.
Market Harborough is the most sustainable location in the District the starting point should be that growth is directed to appropriate sites. Option 3 is preferred.

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Potential Strategic Development Areas

Representation ID: 4106

Received: 29/10/2015

Respondent: DLA Town Planning

Representation Summary:

The settlement hierarchy must be the starting point for considering the distribution of development. However, we acknowledge that there can be reasons to depart from a rigid hierarchy approach. One example could be where sites within the most sustainable settlements are so far removed from services and facilities that they become unsustainable. Overstone Park, is a well located site capable of delivering on-site facilities within walking distance of higher level services and able to support sustainable travel modes through walking, cycling, bus and train links. The detailed assessment does not seem to support a shift away from a hierarchy-based approach.

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Option 4: Scraptoft / Thurnby SDA

Representation ID: 4107

Received: 29/10/2015

Respondent: DLA Town Planning

Representation Summary:

The accessibility to key facilities from this area is not as expected. The walking distance to a secondary school and a leisure centre is of concern. The train station is also beyond walking distance. This lessens the sustainability credentials of this site and is an example of where following a settlement hierarchy approach might not always lead to the identification of the most sustainable sites.
Attracting employment at this location would seem difficult and there would be a reliance on the existing employment in Leicester. Sustainable transport links are limited and most commuting is likely to be car based.

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Option 5: Kibworth SDA

Representation ID: 4108

Received: 29/10/2015

Respondent: DLA Town Planning

Representation Summary:

The Kibworths are treated as a single settlement in the Core Strategy. Even taken together the two villages are only classified as a Rural Centre in the settlement hierarchy, two tiers below Market Harborough. This is a reflection of the limited range of services and facilities available to the residents in these villages. The addition of 1,000 homes through an SDA in this location will not fundamentally change the role that these villages play in the district nor does it appear to lead to a substantial increase in the level and quality of services provided for villagers.

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