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Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

BE5 clause 1

Representation ID: 7368

Received: 16/11/2017

Respondent: Farmcare Trading Ltd

Agent: Hunter Page Planning

Representation Summary:

The boundary for 'Leicester Airport' shown on the policies map is reflective of the aviation uses on site and this boundary is considered appropriate for aviation uses as set out by Policy BE5.

Full text:

Farmcare Trading Ltd support the allocation of the site for development.

Whilst the intention of policy BE5 aims to support economic growth in this rural area, it is considered that:
- the boundaries identified by the policies map are unduly restrictive and these should be expanded to allow more meaningful development to occur, as set out in attached document; and
- the wording of the policy needs to be amended to omit criterion 'b' and 'f' of the policy, to enable greater flexibility in the businesses that are able to locate to the site and support the overall activities at the airfield.

Essentially, the land owners require flexibility over the types of businesses that are able to locate to this area. Furthermore, the Transport Statement submitted as part of the Options Consultation assesses a potential employment GFA of 20,000 sqm and concludes that this can be accommodated on the existing highway network.

These changes would also accord with the general strategy for the District and namely policy BE1 which is concerned with the provision of new business development.

'Leicester Airport' boundary, as shown on Policies Map, is appropriate.

'Complex North of Gartree Road' boundary, as shown on Policies Map, is considered unduly restrictive and the practicalities of the shape chosen by the LPA is arbitrary and will limit meaningful economic development. It is therefore recommended that additional land is allocated to accommodate suitable additional growth.

An amended boundary is set out in the attached document. This would create a logical boundary to the airport and provide the opportunity for modest additional growth set within a landscaped framework. A masterplan has previously been submitted which demonstrates how this could be developed, and the LVA
contains an 'Overall Hub Strategy' which sets out areas of development, mitigation measures and planting. The LVA concludes that with careful design and mitigation the identified cells could provide a positive improvement to the current baseline, habitat network and longevity of the airfield.

The Transport Statement (submitted previously) concludes that there are no highway reasons to preclude the site from being ultimately developed for
employment.

Go-Kart Track
Identified as an open space, sport and recreation site. However, a go-kart facility is not listed under any of the typologies set out at table B.30 and therefore it is unclear why it has been protected.

The go-kart facility has been the subject of controversy in recent years particularly in respect of noise. The site is evidently not valued locally; in this context, and in light of the site's location detached from Stoughton and Great Stretton, it is considered that the site should be removed from Policy GI2. The go-kart
facility is also incompatible with the airport use and the associated employment uses that are proposed around the airport. It is therefore considered that this site should be able to be considered for alternative uses that are more compatible with what is being proposed by policy BE5. It represents a brownfield site which
would be suitable for development, and it is recommended that it is allocated for employment uses as part of the 'complex north of Gartree Road'.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

BE5 clause 2

Representation ID: 7369

Received: 16/11/2017

Respondent: Farmcare Trading Ltd

Agent: Hunter Page Planning

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation Summary:

It is considered that the land allocated as 'complex north of Gartree Road' is unduly restrictive and the practicalities of the shape chosen by the LPA is arbitrary and will limit meaningful economic development. It is therefore recommended that
additional land (shown in attachment) is allocated to accommodate suitable additional growth. The allocation should also include the go-kart facility as it is a brownfield site which would be suitable for development.

Full text:

Farmcare Trading Ltd support the allocation of the site for development.

Whilst the intention of policy BE5 aims to support economic growth in this rural area, it is considered that:
- the boundaries identified by the policies map are unduly restrictive and these should be expanded to allow more meaningful development to occur, as set out in attached document; and
- the wording of the policy needs to be amended to omit criterion 'b' and 'f' of the policy, to enable greater flexibility in the businesses that are able to locate to the site and support the overall activities at the airfield.

Essentially, the land owners require flexibility over the types of businesses that are able to locate to this area. Furthermore, the Transport Statement submitted as part of the Options Consultation assesses a potential employment GFA of 20,000 sqm and concludes that this can be accommodated on the existing highway network.

These changes would also accord with the general strategy for the District and namely policy BE1 which is concerned with the provision of new business development.

'Leicester Airport' boundary, as shown on Policies Map, is appropriate.

'Complex North of Gartree Road' boundary, as shown on Policies Map, is considered unduly restrictive and the practicalities of the shape chosen by the LPA is arbitrary and will limit meaningful economic development. It is therefore recommended that additional land is allocated to accommodate suitable additional growth.

An amended boundary is set out in the attached document. This would create a logical boundary to the airport and provide the opportunity for modest additional growth set within a landscaped framework. A masterplan has previously been submitted which demonstrates how this could be developed, and the LVA
contains an 'Overall Hub Strategy' which sets out areas of development, mitigation measures and planting. The LVA concludes that with careful design and mitigation the identified cells could provide a positive improvement to the current baseline, habitat network and longevity of the airfield.

The Transport Statement (submitted previously) concludes that there are no highway reasons to preclude the site from being ultimately developed for
employment.

Go-Kart Track
Identified as an open space, sport and recreation site. However, a go-kart facility is not listed under any of the typologies set out at table B.30 and therefore it is unclear why it has been protected.

The go-kart facility has been the subject of controversy in recent years particularly in respect of noise. The site is evidently not valued locally; in this context, and in light of the site's location detached from Stoughton and Great Stretton, it is considered that the site should be removed from Policy GI2. The go-kart
facility is also incompatible with the airport use and the associated employment uses that are proposed around the airport. It is therefore considered that this site should be able to be considered for alternative uses that are more compatible with what is being proposed by policy BE5. It represents a brownfield site which
would be suitable for development, and it is recommended that it is allocated for employment uses as part of the 'complex north of Gartree Road'.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

BE5 2b.

Representation ID: 7370

Received: 16/11/2017

Respondent: Farmcare Trading Ltd

Agent: Hunter Page Planning

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation Summary:

The wording of the policy needs to be amended to omit criterion 'b' of the policy, to enable greater flexibility in the businesses that are able to locate to the site and support the overall activities at the airfield.

Full text:

Farmcare Trading Ltd support the allocation of the site for development.

Whilst the intention of policy BE5 aims to support economic growth in this rural area, it is considered that:
- the boundaries identified by the policies map are unduly restrictive and these should be expanded to allow more meaningful development to occur, as set out in attached document; and
- the wording of the policy needs to be amended to omit criterion 'b' and 'f' of the policy, to enable greater flexibility in the businesses that are able to locate to the site and support the overall activities at the airfield.

Essentially, the land owners require flexibility over the types of businesses that are able to locate to this area. Furthermore, the Transport Statement submitted as part of the Options Consultation assesses a potential employment GFA of 20,000 sqm and concludes that this can be accommodated on the existing highway network.

These changes would also accord with the general strategy for the District and namely policy BE1 which is concerned with the provision of new business development.

'Leicester Airport' boundary, as shown on Policies Map, is appropriate.

'Complex North of Gartree Road' boundary, as shown on Policies Map, is considered unduly restrictive and the practicalities of the shape chosen by the LPA is arbitrary and will limit meaningful economic development. It is therefore recommended that additional land is allocated to accommodate suitable additional growth.

An amended boundary is set out in the attached document. This would create a logical boundary to the airport and provide the opportunity for modest additional growth set within a landscaped framework. A masterplan has previously been submitted which demonstrates how this could be developed, and the LVA
contains an 'Overall Hub Strategy' which sets out areas of development, mitigation measures and planting. The LVA concludes that with careful design and mitigation the identified cells could provide a positive improvement to the current baseline, habitat network and longevity of the airfield.

The Transport Statement (submitted previously) concludes that there are no highway reasons to preclude the site from being ultimately developed for
employment.

Go-Kart Track
Identified as an open space, sport and recreation site. However, a go-kart facility is not listed under any of the typologies set out at table B.30 and therefore it is unclear why it has been protected.

The go-kart facility has been the subject of controversy in recent years particularly in respect of noise. The site is evidently not valued locally; in this context, and in light of the site's location detached from Stoughton and Great Stretton, it is considered that the site should be removed from Policy GI2. The go-kart
facility is also incompatible with the airport use and the associated employment uses that are proposed around the airport. It is therefore considered that this site should be able to be considered for alternative uses that are more compatible with what is being proposed by policy BE5. It represents a brownfield site which
would be suitable for development, and it is recommended that it is allocated for employment uses as part of the 'complex north of Gartree Road'.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

BE5 2f.

Representation ID: 7371

Received: 16/11/2017

Respondent: Farmcare Trading Ltd

Agent: Hunter Page Planning

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation Summary:

The wording of the policy needs to be amended to omit criterion 'f' of the policy, to enable greater flexibility in the businesses that are able to locate to the site and support the overall activities at the airfield.

Full text:

Farmcare Trading Ltd support the allocation of the site for development.

Whilst the intention of policy BE5 aims to support economic growth in this rural area, it is considered that:
- the boundaries identified by the policies map are unduly restrictive and these should be expanded to allow more meaningful development to occur, as set out in attached document; and
- the wording of the policy needs to be amended to omit criterion 'b' and 'f' of the policy, to enable greater flexibility in the businesses that are able to locate to the site and support the overall activities at the airfield.

Essentially, the land owners require flexibility over the types of businesses that are able to locate to this area. Furthermore, the Transport Statement submitted as part of the Options Consultation assesses a potential employment GFA of 20,000 sqm and concludes that this can be accommodated on the existing highway network.

These changes would also accord with the general strategy for the District and namely policy BE1 which is concerned with the provision of new business development.

'Leicester Airport' boundary, as shown on Policies Map, is appropriate.

'Complex North of Gartree Road' boundary, as shown on Policies Map, is considered unduly restrictive and the practicalities of the shape chosen by the LPA is arbitrary and will limit meaningful economic development. It is therefore recommended that additional land is allocated to accommodate suitable additional growth.

An amended boundary is set out in the attached document. This would create a logical boundary to the airport and provide the opportunity for modest additional growth set within a landscaped framework. A masterplan has previously been submitted which demonstrates how this could be developed, and the LVA
contains an 'Overall Hub Strategy' which sets out areas of development, mitigation measures and planting. The LVA concludes that with careful design and mitigation the identified cells could provide a positive improvement to the current baseline, habitat network and longevity of the airfield.

The Transport Statement (submitted previously) concludes that there are no highway reasons to preclude the site from being ultimately developed for
employment.

Go-Kart Track
Identified as an open space, sport and recreation site. However, a go-kart facility is not listed under any of the typologies set out at table B.30 and therefore it is unclear why it has been protected.

The go-kart facility has been the subject of controversy in recent years particularly in respect of noise. The site is evidently not valued locally; in this context, and in light of the site's location detached from Stoughton and Great Stretton, it is considered that the site should be removed from Policy GI2. The go-kart
facility is also incompatible with the airport use and the associated employment uses that are proposed around the airport. It is therefore considered that this site should be able to be considered for alternative uses that are more compatible with what is being proposed by policy BE5. It represents a brownfield site which
would be suitable for development, and it is recommended that it is allocated for employment uses as part of the 'complex north of Gartree Road'.

Object

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, Proposed Submission

GI2 Clause 1

Representation ID: 7372

Received: 16/11/2017

Respondent: Farmcare Trading Ltd

Agent: Hunter Page Planning

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation Summary:

The Go-Kart Track should not be identified as an open space, sport and recreation site. It does not fit with the typologies set out at table B.30 and therefore it is unclear why it has been protected.

There is currently conflict with retaining this use and the overall economic growth of the site, which is compatible with the established airfield and aviation uses. Furthermore the site is subject to local objection. It is therefore recommended that it is allocated for alternative employment uses as part of the 'complex north of Gartree Road'.

Full text:

Farmcare Trading Ltd support the allocation of the site for development.

Whilst the intention of policy BE5 aims to support economic growth in this rural area, it is considered that:
- the boundaries identified by the policies map are unduly restrictive and these should be expanded to allow more meaningful development to occur, as set out in attached document; and
- the wording of the policy needs to be amended to omit criterion 'b' and 'f' of the policy, to enable greater flexibility in the businesses that are able to locate to the site and support the overall activities at the airfield.

Essentially, the land owners require flexibility over the types of businesses that are able to locate to this area. Furthermore, the Transport Statement submitted as part of the Options Consultation assesses a potential employment GFA of 20,000 sqm and concludes that this can be accommodated on the existing highway network.

These changes would also accord with the general strategy for the District and namely policy BE1 which is concerned with the provision of new business development.

'Leicester Airport' boundary, as shown on Policies Map, is appropriate.

'Complex North of Gartree Road' boundary, as shown on Policies Map, is considered unduly restrictive and the practicalities of the shape chosen by the LPA is arbitrary and will limit meaningful economic development. It is therefore recommended that additional land is allocated to accommodate suitable additional growth.

An amended boundary is set out in the attached document. This would create a logical boundary to the airport and provide the opportunity for modest additional growth set within a landscaped framework. A masterplan has previously been submitted which demonstrates how this could be developed, and the LVA
contains an 'Overall Hub Strategy' which sets out areas of development, mitigation measures and planting. The LVA concludes that with careful design and mitigation the identified cells could provide a positive improvement to the current baseline, habitat network and longevity of the airfield.

The Transport Statement (submitted previously) concludes that there are no highway reasons to preclude the site from being ultimately developed for
employment.

Go-Kart Track
Identified as an open space, sport and recreation site. However, a go-kart facility is not listed under any of the typologies set out at table B.30 and therefore it is unclear why it has been protected.

The go-kart facility has been the subject of controversy in recent years particularly in respect of noise. The site is evidently not valued locally; in this context, and in light of the site's location detached from Stoughton and Great Stretton, it is considered that the site should be removed from Policy GI2. The go-kart
facility is also incompatible with the airport use and the associated employment uses that are proposed around the airport. It is therefore considered that this site should be able to be considered for alternative uses that are more compatible with what is being proposed by policy BE5. It represents a brownfield site which
would be suitable for development, and it is recommended that it is allocated for employment uses as part of the 'complex north of Gartree Road'.

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