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

Representation ID: 1255

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Brudenell Estates

Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd

Representation 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.

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

Representation ID: 1256

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Brudenell Estates

Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd

Representation Summary:

Housing objective gives too much emphasis on local needs rather than catering for wider needs of society.
Built development objective ignores the fact that there are heritage assets in the countryside (outside of towns and villages) that should be reused practically and beneficially as new housing as advocated in paragraph 55 of the Framework.

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Harborough's Settlement Hierarchy

Representation ID: 1257

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Brudenell Estates

Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd

Representation Summary:

Paragraph 25 above - para 55 of the Framework also acknowledges that there are circumstances where new homes in the countryside may be appropriate. Accordingly, the implication from the derived hierarchy that development in small settlements or in the countryside would be unacceptable in policy terms is not supported by national guidance.

Comment

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Selected Rural Villages

Representation ID: 1258

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Brudenell Estates

Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd

Representation Summary:

There is an unjustified emphasis on social housing, small-scale market housing and development aimed at meeting the needs of local people which implies that only this type of development is acceptable. Whilst clearly this has a role in settlements such as Medbourne and others that have been categorised as Selected Rural Villages, these settlements are less well suited to the provision of affordable housing than those higher up in the settlement hierarchy.

Object

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Other Settlements

Representation ID: 1259

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Brudenell Estates

Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd

Representation Summary:

As I indicated in my representations on the vision of the new Local Plan, my view is that approach set out in the adopted Core Strategy of designating a number of settlements 'unsustainable' based on their existing services and facilities is unacceptably restrictive and has prevented people who would have added new life and vibrancy from moving into rural settlements. The suggested approach that no new development should be allowed in Other Settlements would prevent otherwise acceptable single infill plots and appropriate small developments and it should not be carried forward in the new Local Plan.

Support

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Option 1: Rural

Representation ID: 1260

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Brudenell Estates

Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd

Representation Summary:

This option whereby a more dispersed, rurally focused approach is favoured would respond well to market demand which would aid deliverability. it would avoid over-reliance on large Sustainable Urban Extensions which have large, expensive infrastructure requirements and meet the Government's aim of significantly boosting housing delivery in the short term.

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Option 2: Core Strategy Distribution

Representation ID: 1261

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Brudenell Estates

Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd

Representation Summary:

This option whereby the adopted Core Strategy distribution is used would also respond well to market demand which would aid deliverability. However, it relies to a significant degree on a large Sustainable Urban Extensions (the SDA at Market Harborough) which has large, expensive infrastructure requirements which may delay effective delivery.

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Q4. Do you have any comments on the proposed criteria-based policy to replace Limits to Development?

Representation ID: 1262

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Brudenell Estates

Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd

Representation Summary:

The provision of such a criteria based policy is favoured other the current restrictive limits but concerns is expressed about the detail of some of the criteria.

Object

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Option C1: Strictly controlling development in the countryside

Representation ID: 1264

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Brudenell Estates

Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd

Representation Summary:

The approach set out in C1 above fails to recognise the other acceptable developments set out in the 4 bullet points of paragraph 55 of the Framework and would result in a overly restrictive open countryside approach also being applied to existing communities. This would do nothing to promote sustainable development or enhance the vitality of rural communities. Restricting development in the countryside and sub-SRV settlements would not, in itself, enable the provision of new services and facilities in rural settlements.

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Option C2: Limited infill and Development Management led

Representation ID: 1265

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Brudenell Estates

Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd

Representation Summary:

Option C2 is more favoured, however, this merits based approach should also be extended to Other Settlements in the hierarchy rather than just the selected rural villages as this would enable proposals for additional, small scale residential developments to be appropriately considered.

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