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New Local Plan Options

How many new houses do we need to build?

Representation ID: 4701

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

Representation Summary:

Paragraph 36 of the Options Consultation Paper states that each authority [in Leicester and Leicestershire] has indicated that it has enough suitable housing land to meet its objectively assessed need'. This confirmation was provided in the Memorandum of Understanding covering the period to 2028 that was agreed in support of the public examination of the Charnwood Core Strategy. Whilst this position has not changed in the Borough of Oadby and Wigston as far as the objectively assessed need identified in the 2014 Strategic Housing Market Assessment is concerned, it should be noted that since publication of the Strategic Housing Market Assessment:
* the objectively assessed need for the Borough has been challenged; and
* another Council in Leicester and Leicestershire is preparing a Local Plan in which its proposed housing requirement differs from its objectively assessed need as identified in the 2014 Strategic Housing Market Assessment.
Therefore, it will be necessary for HDC to continue to consider whether or not each authority has enough suitable housing land to meet its objectively assessed need as its Local Plan preparation process continues and it may be prudent to undertake further work in this respect.

Comment

New Local Plan Options

Alternative Housing and Employment Options

Representation ID: 4729

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

Representation Summary:

A number fo the different options would have an impact on the Boroguh of Oadby and Wigston either due to the proximity of new housing and employment sites to and/or the amount of extra traffic that the development would place on the A6. Development options in the proximity of the Borough or which would place extra traffic on the A6 will require very careful consideration in the context of:
- relationship with growth already planned in the Borough to 2026 and development options beyond 2026;
- additional congestion on the A6 in the Borough and in Leicester City;
- additional congestion on routes around the A6 (in particular east-west routes, Fosse Park/J21/M1/M69:
- impact on countryside and Green wedge adjoining Leicester PUA.

Comment

New Local Plan Options

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: 4739

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

Representation Summary:

It is of note that the recent Leicester and Leicestershire Transport Study to 2031 concluded that it is tenable to continue with the current housing market area wide spatial distribution to 2031. For Harborough District this would appear to provide appropriate evidence to support Option 2 - Core Strategy Distribution. It would not support the other options that are being consulted upon because these differ from the current housing market area wide spatial distribution strategy.

Comment

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Testing the Options

Representation ID: 4749

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

Representation Summary:

The part of the Leicester PUA where the Borough and Harborough adjoin is particularly important in a strategic planning context due to the pressures for growth and pressures on the existing infrastructure to the south and south east of the PUA. In particular this is a result of the limitations on the ability to improve and increase capacity the existing road network which already experiences congestion. Oadby and Wigston BC would wish to work closely with HDC, as well as Blaby DC, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council under the Duty to Co-operate both in terms of preparing its own Local Plan and the Local Plans of neighbourhing Councils.

Support

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Green Wedges

Representation ID: 4750

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

Representation Summary:

The commitment to maintaining Green wedge designation and protecting them from inappropriate uses is very much welcomed and shared by Oadby & Wigston BC, given that the Thurnby/Leicester/oadby Green Wedge includes land that falls within both Councils. Where necessary and appropriate, the Borough Council would support the removal of small areas of built development from Green Wedges, such as dwellings and their curtilage, in order to ensure that they remain defensible and robust.

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