Daventry District Council
Part 2 Local Plan consultation,
which runs until 26 January 2018
We are keen to encourage as many people as possible to take part
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People living and working in Daventry District are being encouraged to get involved in an important planning consultation on the future of the area.
Daventry District Council (DDC) is urging people to give their views on the emerging draft Settlements and Countryside Local Plan. This is a significant planning policy document, containing detailed guidance that would help shape local decision-making on future planning issues.
The document also sets out proposals to create ‘green wedges’ on the town’s surrounding areas to protect the nearby villages.
A ‘hierarchy’ for the future development of villages and hamlets in Daventry District. This determines where future development would be both prioritised and restricted.
A new Parish Annex policy to protect a number of important local green spaces suggested by parish councils.
Creating up to 25 additional hectares of employment land in Daventry, including extending Heartlands and Apex business parks and a further site – Daventry South East Gateway. There is a particular focus on buildings for smaller businesses the area needs to thrive.
An update on the needs of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Show people, setting out the number of plots and pitches required over the next 12 years to meet the standards set by Government.
Proposals to protect the District’s distinctive landscapes, biodiversity and history, as well as leisure facilities and green spaces.
We would encourage as many residents as possible to look through the document and give their views.
How to take part in the consultation
The consultation on the Emerging Draft Settlements and Countryside Local Plan (Part 2) takes place until 26 January 2018
· View the Draft Plan, consultation documents and all supporting background information atwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan or at the Daventry District Council Offices in Lodge Road, Daventry or at local libraries.
· Complete the comments form online at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan. Parish councils are also welcome to nominate Local Green Spaces using a specific form available on the website.
· Hard copies are available upon request from the Local Strategy Service – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01327 302559
Response to “Settlement and Countryside Local Plan (Part 2) for Daventry District” consultation. 26th January 2018
Please see below Harlestone Parish Council’s (HPC) comments in response to “Settlement and Countryside Local Plan (Part 2) for Daventry District” consultation.
Deadline for comments: 26th January 2018
The Settlement and Countryside Local Plan (Part 2) for Daventry District (SCLP) is the emerging policy document which, alongside the WNJCS and made Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDP), is the basis for shaping development in Daventry District.
HPC welcome the Settlement and Countryside Local Plan (Part 2) for Daventry District. Broadly, the SCLPs emphasis on preserving open spaces, the historic environment and sustainable development is congruent with views expressed by HPC. However, in some instances the detailed information provided is incongruent with the development plans already imposed on Harlestone. The observations below relate to the impact this policy document has on Harlestone, seek clarity in some instances and urge the SCLP to extend the policy or guidance where appropriate.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Section 1.7.01 states that only made NDPs are part of the statutory development plan. The Advice Note on Neighbourhood Planning and the Historic Environment (recently consultation ended 15th December) states that NDPs do not have to be ‘made’ to carry significant weight and consideration in planning decisions. While unmade plans may not be of statutory significance, it would be helpful to local councils with emerging NDPs if the SCLP specifically referenced the Advice Note on Neighbourhood Planning and the Historic Environment in this section and mirrored the status given to NDPs in the Advice Note.
Section 1.8 Presumption in Favour of Sustainable Development. HPC reluctantly, and with reservations regarding size and design of development, accept the necessity of large scale housing development the council would like to see this section explain what “sustainable” means. There should be greater specificity surrounding the nature of the services together with how and when those services are to be delivered.
Chapter 2: Spatial Profile
Section 2.4 fails to recognise the very significant differences between the rural and urban economies and demographic present throughout Daventry District. HPC believe that planning decisions would be better informed if a distinction was made.
Chapter 3: Vision & Objectives
Section 3.1.03 is welcomed by the council. HPC would like the SCLP objective to go further. It should protect the character of rural communities by committing to protecting and retaining urban/rural separation. It should insist that development take account of local character by using locally sourced building materials and reflecting local designs. Where urban and rural meet, HPC would like the SLCP to insist that the design of the development should include some transitional elements, such as use of local stone, natural looking open areas and appropriate planting schemes.
Chapter 4: Daventry District Spatial Strategy
Chapter 5: Development in Rural Areas
Section 5.1.02 notes that the WNJCS reduces the housing requirement in rural areas from 2,360 to 2,029. Harlestone Parish has received outline planning applications for 1400 new dwellings, on top of the 250 either under construction or recently developed. Given the reduced requirement, HPC would urge DDC planning authority to reduce the number of dwellings planned for Harlestone Parish. Such a reduction would better reflect the Vision and Objectives set out in Chapter 3 which clearly state a desire to protect and preserve the rural character of the village and its surroundings.
Section 5.1.07 In the interests of clarity, it would be helpful if the text reflected that RA3 Other Villages and RA4 Small Settlements/Hamlets replaces EM15 Restraint Villages. This is not clear until Appendix E, page 156.
Section 5.1.09 & 5.1.10 welcome the intention to preserve the landscape and historic buildings which are fundamental to the character of the village. However, the policy does not cover/acknowledge the open space surrounding the village. Often such open space, creating separation from the urban area is fundamental to the character of a village and the policy should reflect this. It should preserve the rurality of an area. This is somewhat covered by Chapter 9/Section 9.2 but this section could be strengthened by including the intent to preserve rural separation in Section 5 Policy RA5-Open Countryside.
Section 5.2 Settlement Hierarchy. The definition of ‘Other Villages’ refers to “windfall infill development”. It is unclear what is meant by this term.
Section 5.2.05/Table 2 (page 30) cite Upper Harlestone and Lower Harlestone as two separate villages under different classifications. We understand that there is a historic precedent for citing these villages separately. However, given that Upper & Lower Harlestone share the few services available, have one parish council, are protected by one conservation area and face identical challenges resulting from extensive local development in the parish; HPC ask that parity between the two villages is preserved so that both are classified as ‘Small Settlement/Hamlet’.
Section 5.2.23 Suggests that development in ‘Other villages’ should be limited to the confines of the village and should be small scale. While the confines of Harlestone Villages have been preserved in the current WNJCS, the Parish has increased from 210 dwelling to about 1800 dwellings. This impacts the rural character of the original village and HPC would like the definition of ‘Other Village’ to reflect that the setting and surrounding areas are as important as the confines of the village, as such any development outside the confines of the village but within the parish boundary must be considerate of the rurality of the village and planned new services can not have a detrimental impact on the village.
Section 5.3 Open Countryside. HPC are broadly welcoming of this policy but note that current plans for development in Harlestone Parish are incongruent with this policy.
Chapter 6: Meeting the District’s Housing Needs
Section 6.4 Rural Exception Sites. Policy H3 of the WNJCS is applicable to the development in Harlestone Parish. HPC would like to see this guidance in the SCLP surrounding this policy include a requirement to design and build sympathetically (using local materials where possible) and to keep housing-density lower than in urban areas. It would add that local services in Rural Exception Sites should be reflect the rural character of the area by providing informal/natural looking space for leisure and recreation.
Chapter 7: Vibrant Economy
Chapter 8: Sustainable Transport
Section 8.1 Walking and Cycling. HPC welcome this guidance and appreciate the note in section 8.1.05 which states that it is not desirable to urbanise areas in order to improve walking and cycling routes.
Section 8.3 Northampton Northern Orbital Road and Northampton Western Relief Road. While accepting that the SCLP is unable to provide more detail or indicate its preference for a plan, it may be useful to reference the CPRE’s take on Northampton North Orbital Route (see article: https://www.cprenorthants.org.uk/media/newsletters/Outlook_November_2017_v31.pdf). HPC would encourage the SCLP guidance to be aligned with this information.
Chapter 9: The Built and Natural Environment.
HPC broadly welcome this policy which gives appropriate importance to the setting, historic integrity and preservation of the overall character of the district.
Section 9.1.11 Special Landscape Areas. HPC understand that the Daventry District Landscape Study reviewed and now proposes to include four SLAs in the area. Harlestone Parish borders the Brington SLA and would, if given the opportunity, like to propose that Harlestone is included in the SLA to reflect and include those landscape areas that give the parish its distinct settlement areas and open spaces/views. Given that the conservation area status specifically mentions the views and landscape throughout Upper and Lower Harlestone it seems appropriate to make this request.
Section 9.1.12 seems to indicate that settlements classified as ‘other’ and ‘small settlement/hamlet’ are covered by SLA. HPC would appreciate greater clarity in the wording of this section of the SCLP.
Section 9.2 Green Wedge. HPC welcome the introduction of the Green Wedge surrounding Harlestone.
Section 9.3 Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity. HPC welcome these policies but would like them to go further. The SCLP should require developments next to Green Wedges, SLAs or in Rural Exception Sites to include plans for increasing the number of trees in the area. This would be in line with government plans to promote and fund tree planting (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/countryside-stewardship-woodland-support).
Section 9.5 Historic Environment. HPC very much welcome the emphasis placed on preserving the historic environment.
Section 9.7 Design. HPC welcome the spirit of policy ENV11. However, it notes that recent development applications have fallen short of meeting the high stands of design eluded to in this policy.
Chapter 10: Community Facilities
Section 10.1.04 addresses the need for an appropriate mix of recreation facilities. Chapter 10 fails to make the distinction between the requirements in urban and rural areas, so that the recreation facility reflects the character of the area. For example, recent outline application for largescale development in Harlestone Parish indicated inclusion of formal sports pitches whereas informal recreation space (i.e. dog parks or nature walks) would be better suited to this rural area.
Chapter 11: Parish Annex