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

Representation ID: 4264

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Cliffe Investments Ltd

Agent: Pegasus Planning Group

Representation Summary:

Cliffe Investments generally support the draft vision of the Local Plan as set out at Figure 2. The role of Selected Rural Villages could be specifically referenced within this vision; to meet local needs and support the long-term sustainability of a settlement.

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

Representation ID: 4265

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Cliffe Investments Ltd

Agent: Pegasus Planning Group

Representation Summary:

Cliffe Investments are generally supportive of the draft objectives as they are positively prepared. Draft objectives 1 and 3 in particular are supported, as Cliffe Investments have land interests at Vicarage Drive, Foxton (SHLAA ref A/FX/HSG/02). The development of this site for housing would positively contribute towards the achievement of the draft objectives.

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Proposed approach

Representation ID: 4266

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Cliffe Investments Ltd

Agent: Pegasus Planning Group

Representation Summary:

In reference to affordable housing, the approach set out at paragraph 96 which refers to further viability assessment work to establish a realistic level of affordable housing provision is supported.

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Harborough's Settlement Hierarchy

Representation ID: 4267

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Cliffe Investments Ltd

Agent: Pegasus Planning Group

Representation Summary:

Foxton is identified as a Selected Rural Village (SRV's). This approach is supported, as is the method applied to identify settlements as SRV's (2 out of the 6 key services).
Cliffe Investments support the inclusion of SRV's within the Settlement Hierarchy. Growth of an appropriate scale within these settlements offers benefits such as meeting local housing need and enhancing/sustaining existing facilities and services.

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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: 4268

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Cliffe Investments Ltd

Agent: Pegasus Planning Group

Representation Summary:

It is Cliffe Investments' submission that a more flexible approach to development in the SRV's should be adopted. This flexible approach should include the allocation of a mix of sites of various scales. Furthermore, opportunities for development on sites within SRV's should be on the basis of their capacity and availability. Land at Vicarage Drive (SHLAA ref A/FX/HSG/02) provides such an opportunity within Foxton.

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Appendix C: Housing Distribution Options - residual requirements

Representation ID: 4269

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Cliffe Investments Ltd

Agent: Pegasus Planning Group

Representation Summary:

Appendix C contains 9 housing growth options which are said to be based on residual requirements; taking account of completions and commitments since 2011. For Foxton, there have been 9 completions to date, and the indicative option figures range from 12 dwellings (Option 9, Kibworth and Lutterworth SDA) to 51 dwellings (Option 1, Rural Focus). It is considered that the variation in numbers proposed to Foxton is not clearly set out or justified across these options.

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Housing

Representation ID: 4270

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Cliffe Investments Ltd

Agent: Pegasus Planning Group

Representation Summary:

The document provides a range of growth options for each of the Selected Rural Villages. This is welcomed given that these settlements are considered appropriate for additional growth. The Planning Practice Guidance sets out that Local Plans "should make clear what is intended to happen in the area over the life of the plan, where and when this will occur and how it will be delivered" (Reference ID: 12-002-20140306). By identifying potential growth options for Foxton, the Council is taking positive steps to address these questions.

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Potential Strategic Development Areas

Representation ID: 4271

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Cliffe Investments Ltd

Agent: Pegasus Planning Group

Representation Summary:

Whilst it is accepted that the development of a Strategic Development Area (SDA) is likely to be required to meet the Council's objectively assessed housing need, Cliffe Investments do not have a fixed view on the most appropriate location for the SDA. It is our clients' position that rural development, including at SRV's, can complement an SDA strategy by providing shorter term development opportunities, and should therefore be part of the Council's strategy for the District. This is an important factor to consider given the requirement for the Council to be able to ensure the delivery of a five year housing land supply + 20% buffer, in accordance with paragraph 47 of the NPPF.

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

Representation ID: 4272

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Cliffe Investments Ltd

Agent: Pegasus Planning Group

Representation Summary:

It is agreed that a criteria-based policy is more flexible and therefore in accordance with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework. However, clarity on some of the terminology used within the proposed policy is needed. For example (5); "an appropriate scale which reflects the settlement size, character and level of service provision" is vague, and it is unclear what constitutes an appropriate increase in scale.
A criteria-based policy offers no certainty, and it is considered that to provide this certainty sufficient allocations should be made within SRVs. This would provide the appropriate balance between certainty and flexibility for developers.

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