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New Local Plan Options

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

Representation ID: 3993

Received: 28/10/2015

Respondent: Redrow Homes (South Midlands)

Representation 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).

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

Representation ID: 4003

Received: 28/10/2015

Respondent: Redrow Homes (South Midlands)

Representation Summary:

We have no comments on the Draft Objectives which are considered to form a sound basis to guide development up to 2031.

Object

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Harborough's Settlement Hierarchy

Representation ID: 4008

Received: 28/10/2015

Respondent: Redrow Homes (South Midlands)

Representation Summary:

The designation of Market Harborough as a Sub Regional Centre is supported. Market Harborough provides a wide range of retail, service and employment with good road and rail links. However, it is considered that the Council is unjustified in its approach for defining Great Bowden as a Selected Rural Village - the fifth tier within the settlement hierarchy. It is considered that the shops and services contained within Great Bowden ensures that the settlement meets the Council's definition for classification as a 'Rural Centre'. Furthermore, due to the proximity of Market Harborough, Great Bowden should be regarded as one of the more sustainable 'Rural Centres' within the category.

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How many new houses do we need to build?

Representation ID: 4016

Received: 28/10/2015

Respondent: Redrow Homes (South Midlands)

Representation Summary:

The Council's housing requirement of 9,500 dwelling over the emerging plan period is broadly supported and reflect the SHLAA evidence.
However, the Charnwood Local Plan Inspector highlighted that the specific situation at Leicester City was less clear cut, with the potential capacity up to 2028 only exceeding OAN by 1,556 homes. Furthermore, North West Leicestershire District Council has since published their Draft Local Plan for Consultation (September 2015) which includes a housing target above OAN to meet employment growth - 10,700 dwellings rather than 5,700-7,000 dwellings).
As such, given the stage of Harborough's Local Plan, it will be necessary to continuously review the progression of the Leicester City Local Plan to establish whether the City Council is unable to meet OAN over the plan period and to respond positively to growth as required by para. 17 of NPPF.

Support

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Option 1: Rural

Representation ID: 4024

Received: 28/10/2015

Respondent: Redrow Homes (South Midlands)

Representation Summary:

Option 1 is the most appropriate option for housing and employment development is considered to be one of rural disbursement. Indeed, the Draft Vision highlights that the District is a predominately rural area of villages and market towns. As such, Option 1 would best reflect the needs of the District over the emerging Plan period. Indeed, through spreading future development evenly across the District, it will ensure that each community gains a sustainable influx of market and affordable housing.

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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: 4026

Received: 28/10/2015

Respondent: Redrow Homes (South Midlands)

Representation Summary:

It is considered that the options within Set B (One Strategic Development Area) and Set C (Two Strategic Development Areas) are wholly inappropriate for the District. Set A (Variations on current distribution of development) provides the most suitable approach to future development, with Option 1 considered to be the most appropriate. This would ensure that each settlement receives a sufficient influx of market and affordable dwellings whilst retaining the character of the larger market towns and rural settlements.

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Option 2: Core Strategy Distribution

Representation ID: 4027

Received: 28/10/2015

Respondent: Redrow Homes (South Midlands)

Representation Summary:

Set A (Variations on current distribution of development- Options 1, 2 and 3) provides the most suitable approach to future development, with Option 1 considered to be the most appropriate.

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Option 3: Urban

Representation ID: 4028

Received: 28/10/2015

Respondent: Redrow Homes (South Midlands)

Representation Summary:

Set A (Variations on current distribution of development- Options 1, 2 and 3) provides the most suitable approach to future development, with Option 1 considered to be the most appropriate.

Object

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Option 4: Scraptoft / Thurnby SDA

Representation ID: 4029

Received: 28/10/2015

Respondent: Redrow Homes (South Midlands)

Representation Summary:

Option 4 is wholly inappropriate for the District.

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Option 5: Kibworth SDA

Representation ID: 4030

Received: 28/10/2015

Respondent: Redrow Homes (South Midlands)

Representation Summary:

Option 5 is wholly inappropriate for the District. A more dispersed approach to development, spreading future development evenly across the District, will ensure that each community gains a sustainable influx of market and affordable housing

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