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Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

BE2 clause 2

Representation ID: 7096

Received: 17/11/2017

Respondent: North Kilworth Parish Council

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

* allocation exceeds forecasted need for non-rail served warehousing and distribution space for the entire LLEP area to 2031
* no consideration given to planning consents given since 2014 r currently under construction
* will lead to an over-supply on non-rail served warehousing and distribution space
* will lead to an influx of workers from outside the district exacerbating local congestion and traffic issues
* further overloads local villages with commuter traffic

Full text:

A development of this size far exceeds the forecasted need for non-rail served warehousing and distribution space for the entire Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) area for 2031. In addition, no consideration appears to have been given to planning consents given by councils in Leicestershire since 2014 or consented sites currently under construction, which combined, amount to a minimum of 577,000 sq. m. Further development of 700,000 sq. m potentially contributes to a huge over-supply of non-rail served warehousing and distribution space in the local area, it does not allow spread across the LLEP area. This potentially leads to a huge influx of workers from further afield exacerbating local congestion and traffic issues, further over-loading local villages with additional commuter traffic and conflicting with available housing in the area.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

BE2 2a.

Representation ID: 7099

Received: 17/11/2017

Respondent: North Kilworth Parish Council

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

* allocation is fundamentally different from previous consultation documents
* there are two outstanding planning applications for warehousing in this area totalling 700,000 sq. m
* it is not a strategic allocation but an allocation to accommodate the two outstanding applications
* conflicts with the Core Strategy
* there are more suitable sites within the region and sub-region to meet forecast demand

Full text:

The allocation of 700,000 sq. m. is fundamentally different from previous consultation documents, this figure has not been tested through consultation. There are two outstanding planning applications for warehousing in this area totalling 700,000 sq. m. These statements underpin the view of the Parish Council that the allocation of 700,000 sq. m. is not a strategic allocation, it is an allocation to accommodate approval of the two outstanding planning applications for warehousing in this area. In HDC's existing Core Strategy (2011) Policy CS7h clearly states 'Protect Magna Park's unique role as a strategic distribution centre (B8 uses / Min unit size 10,000m2) of national significance and an exemplar of environmental performance. No further phase of development or large scale expansion of the site, beyond the existing development footprint (to be defined in the Allocations DPD) will be supported'. One of the explanations provided for this statement is that 'there are more suitable locations and sites (both rail and non rail-linked) than Magna Park within the region and sub-region to meet forecast need for strategic distribution to 2026'. The Local Plan does not deny that there are more suitable sites elsewhere, neither does it claim that Magna Park is now the only suitable site.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

BE2 2c.

Representation ID: 7102

Received: 17/11/2017

Respondent: North Kilworth Parish Council

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

* large SFRI, DIRFT, a few miles southbound along the A5
* no evidence that the Magna Park allocation will not have an adverse impact on further SFRIs
* over-saturation of the area
* no rail freight assets at Magna Park
* NPS strongly support SFRIs
* new SFRI planned around the M69 / A5 junction
* conflicts with paragraph 31 of the NPPF

Full text:

There is a large SFRI site a few miles southbound along the A5, DIRFT. There is no evidence provided that demonstrates the Magna Park allocation will not have an adverse impact on further SRFIs, particularly DIRFT. One of the outstanding applications, 15/01531/OUT (IDI Gazeley), has been objected to by Prologis III at DIRFT on grounds of market saturation risk. It should also be noted that the National Policy Statement for National Networks (NPS) strongly supports SRFIs. There are no rail freight assets at Magna Park, there is a large SFRI very close by and a new one planned around the M69/A5 junction, therefore, the proposed policy conflicts with
paragraph 31 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

BE2 2c.

Representation ID: 7103

Received: 17/11/2017

Respondent: North Kilworth Parish Council

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

* unemployment in the area is very low
* the majority of the workforce required for an allocation of this size would have to be recruited from outside the district
* supporting documents for application 15/01531/OUT states 74% of the employment opportunities will be for essential / basic jobs
* Key Issue 3 of the Local Plan states there is a requirement for opportunities higher skilled residents in the district
* the people filling the workforce requirements will commute from areas where unemployment is higher and house prices are lower

Full text:

An allocation of this size would lead to a vast number of employment opportunities. However, unemployment in the area is very low, the majority of the workforce required for an allocation of this size would have to be recruited from outside the district. Supporting documents for the IDI
Gazeley application, 15/01531/OUT, state that 74% of the employment opportunities will be for 'essential/basic jobs'. Key Issue 3 of the Local Plan highlights that there is a requirement for more opportunities for 'higher skilled residents' in the district. Objective 2 of the Local Plan states: 'Contribute to reducing the need for out-commuting and thereby help to increase the sustainability and self-containment of communities, while encouraging the development of a vibrant, diverse and sustainable business community'. Out-commuting of people within the district holding skilled jobs would not be significantly reduced as, previously highlighted, 74% of the opportunities are for essential/basic jobs, the people filling these roles will commute from areas where unemployment is higher and house prices are lower.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

BE2 2d.

Representation ID: 7105

Received: 17/11/2017

Respondent: North Kilworth Parish Council

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

* no evidence to support this point
* 81% of the existing Magna Park workforce commute from outside Harborough District postcodes
* an allocation of this size will generate c. 10,000 jobs, in the whole of the Harborough District from July 16 - June 17 there were only 1,400 people registered as unemployed
* unemployment in the area is below the regional and national average
* majority of the required workforce would have to commute from outside the district
* public transport in the area is inadequate

Full text:

There is no evidence to support this point. 81% of the existing Magna Park workforce commute from outside Harborough District postcodes. The Magna Park Growth Sensitivity Survey concludes the allocation of 700,00 sq. m. of extra warehousing would generate 9689 extra jobs. In the whole of the Harborough District there were only 1400 people registered as unemployed
from July 2016 - June 2017 (Nomis Official Labour Market Statistics). Unemployment in the Harborough District for this period was 3% well below 4.3% for the East Midlands and 4.6% nationally. The majority of the workforce required would have to commute from outside the district. Public transport in the area is inadequate and anyone commuting into the area would most likely have to use a private vehicle. This will impact on congestion and pollution, particularly in the surrounding villages who are already used as 'rat-runs' around the clock due to shift patterns.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

BE2 2e.

Representation ID: 7109

Received: 17/11/2017

Respondent: North Kilworth Parish Council

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

* there is evidence that the A5 is inadequate
* no major upgrade to the A5 envisaged prior to 2030
* when the additional HGV volume and commuter traffic from an allocation of
this size are factored in the A5 becomes inoperable
* surrounding villages already suffer from being used as rat-runs to avoid A5 congestion and as short-cuts for HGVs
* increased traffic flow through surrounding villages will impact on business efficiency and the ability of the workforce to commute effectively
* definition of severe is subjective
* public transport in the area is limited

Full text:

The Midlands Connect Strategy 2017 - 2030 highlights the inadequacy of the A5, this strategy does not envisage any major upgrading of the A5 in the Magna Park area prior to the end date of the strategy in 2030, one year before the end date of the proposed submission version of the HDC Local Plan. When the additional HGV volume and commuter traffic from the proposed policy are factored in, the current A5 layout become inoperable. Surrounding villages are already suffering from increased traffic volume when being used as a 'rat-run' to avoid A5 congestion and HGVs using 'short-cuts'. In addition to the increased traffic flow through surrounding villages the inadequacy of the A5 will also impact on business efficiency and the ability of the workforce to commute effectively at the current and proposed expansion Magna Park sites. UPC also contests that the definition of 'severe' is subjective, the various traffic assessments commissioned use different definitions of severe. It should be noted that public transport options in the immediate vicinity of Magna Park are limited and private car is the most convenient way for employees to
travel to work.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

BE2 2f.

Representation ID: 7112

Received: 17/11/2017

Respondent: North Kilworth Parish Council

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

* original Magna Park site is brownfield
* two outstanding applications both use agricultural land
* conflicts with paragraphs 111 and 112 of the NPPF
* the proposed submission does not consider whether there are any brownfield sites which could be used in preference to the agricultural land currently proposed
* visual and light pollution would be detrimental to local villages
* tree screening measures from the original Magna Park development are still ineffective

Full text:

The original Magna Park site was built on a former RAF aerodrome which could be considered as a brownfield site. The two outstanding planning applications for the proposed Magna Park expansion area are for land which is currently agricultural land. This conflicts with paragraphs 111 and 112 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF): The proposed submission of the Harborough Local Plan 2011 to 2031 does not consider whether there are any brownfield sites which could be used in preference to the agricultural land currently proposed. The visual and light pollution impact of a Magna Park expansion would be detrimental to local villages. Since the creation of Magna Park in 1988 local villages have suffered from extensive visual and light intrusion. Tree screening measures are still highly ineffective meaning that overnight light pollution is highly invasive and disruptive, the aspirations of policy BE2 would further exacerbate these issues for residents in the local villages.

Implementation of Policy BE2 would certainly have an unacceptable environmental, community and landscape impact on the immediate and wider surrounding area.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

GD6 clause 1b

Representation ID: 7132

Received: 17/11/2017

Respondent: North Kilworth Parish Council

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

Policy GD6 of the proposed Local Plan suggests an Area of Separation should be implemented between Bitteswell/Lutterworth/Magna Park, to maintain separation of both Lutterworth and Bitteswell from Magna Park. There is no mention in the proposed Local Plan of maintaining an Area of Separation between Magna Park and Ullesthorpe who are equally at risk.

Full text:

Policy GD6 of the proposed Local Plan suggests an Area of Separation should be implemented between Bitteswell/Lutterworth/Magna Park, to maintain separation of both Lutterworth and Bitteswell from Magna Park. There is no mention in the proposed Local Plan of maintaining an Area of Separation between Magna Park and Ullesthorpe who are equally at risk.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

H4 1b.

Representation ID: 7134

Received: 17/11/2017

Respondent: North Kilworth Parish Council

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

Lutterworth is surrounded by a great number of villages who are all facing the same problem, there are not enough properties for elderly people wishing to downsize. There is a definite need for extra care provision. On the proposed Lutterworth East development implementation of this policy
would allow for 275 properties of this nature, is this sufficient particularly when considered against the 40% affordable housing requirement.

Full text:

Lutterworth is surrounded by a great number of villages who are all facing the same problem, there are not enough properties for elderly people wishing to downsize. There is a definite need for extra care provision. On the proposed Lutterworth East development implementation of this policy
would allow for 275 properties of this nature, is this sufficient particularly when considered against the 40% affordable housing requirement.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

H2 clause 1

Representation ID: 7135

Received: 17/11/2017

Respondent: North Kilworth Parish Council

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

Is 40% affordable housing viable or deliverable? This amounts to 1,100 affordable housing units for the proposed Lutterworth East development.

Full text:

Is 40% affordable housing viable or deliverable? This amounts to 1,100 affordable housing units for the proposed Lutterworth East development.

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