Joint Core Strategy - Proposed Main Modifications

Section 16.0 - Rural Areas

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Paragraphs 16.11 - 16.19

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 16, 

Amend the explanatory text to Policy R1 as follows:

(i)      Amend and merge Paragraphs 16.11 and 16.12 as follows (subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered):

16.11 As part of the evidence base for this JCS an analysis of all the villages in the Plan area has been carried out. The full results of this analysis and the methodology used are set out in the technical paper[1].  16.12 This analysis will be kept up to date as part of updated and developed through the preparation of the Part 2 Local Plans annual monitoring and will inform the detailed hierarchy to be prepared for the rural areas, together with any particular local constraints and opportunities.”

(ii)     Amend existing Paragraph 16.15 as follows:

16.15    16.14 “The scale of development which will be appropriate in each village will vary having regard to the criteria set out in Policy R1 position in the hierarchy and the housing requirements for the rural areas of individual districts. Policy R1 sets out the scale of development that will be acceptable in each category of settlement. This level of development will be measured as the percentage increase from the existing dwelling stock as at the base date of 2011 2006. This Part 2 Local Plans will ensure that the scale of development is proportionate to the scale of each village within the hierarchy and will take into account the level of existing planning permissions and completions that have taken place within the village during the plan period. Irrespective of whichever category villages are allocated to within the hierarchy this will not automatically mean that development will be appropriate. The Local Planning Authority will need to be satisfied that any proposals are acceptable in terms of environmental, social and economic sustainability. Once the residual housing requirements for the rural areas have been met through planning permissions or allocations in future Local Plans, or Once a particular settlement has reached the upper limit of the scale then further developments will be resisted unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated as specified in Policy R1 below.

(iii)    Insert a new Paragraph as follows:

16.16    “Whilst in general terms the rural housing needs will be set by the requirements set out in Policy S3, it is not the intention of the Plan to prevent additional appropriate development in the rural areas from coming forward. For example, development considered under Policy H3 (Rural Exception Sites), would not be constrained by the rural housing requirement specified in Policy S3. In addition the Part 2 Local Plans could allocate additional sites, based on evidenced local need.”

(iv)    Amend Paragraph 16.19 as follows:

16.19      “Community led plans cannot allocate should not promote less development than in a higher tier plan. However they can allow for additional growth, for example where this would support the retention of or improvement to essential local services that may be under threat (in particular the local primary school or primary health services). Planning applications for additional growth within villages will need to be informed by a community involvement exercise, undertaken in accordance with the up to date Statement of Community Involvement in each District, prior to the submission of the planning application.

Factual updates and to address concerns raised at the Examination Hearings regarding the need for a more flexible and positive approach to development in the rural areas.

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Policy R1

Modifications arising from the Examination Hearing Session 16 and the further work requested by the Inspector.

Amend Policy R1 as follows:

“WITHIN THE RURAL AREAS OF WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE THERE IS AN RESIDUAL IDENTIFIED NEED FOR 1355  2360 DWELLINGS WITHIN DAVENTRY DISTRICT AND 1790  2360 DWELLINGS WITHIN SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE TO BE PROVIDED BETWEEN 2011 AND 2026 2029. BEYOND THE TOWNS OF DAVENTRY, TOWCESTER AND BRACKLEY. WITHIN THE RURAL AREAS THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE RURAL HOUSING REQUIREMENT WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF THE PART 2 LOCAL PLANS THAT ARE BEING PREPARED BY DAVENTRY DISTRICT AND SOUTH NOTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNCILS ACCORDING TO THE LOCAL NEED OF EACH VILLAGE AND THEIR ROLE WITHIN THE HIERARCHY

DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE RURAL AREAS WILL BE GUIDED BY A RURAL SETTLEMENT HIERARCHY THAT WILL COMPRISE THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

  • PRIMARY SERVICE VILLAGES;
  • SECONDARY SERVICE VILLAGES; AND
  • OTHER VILLAGES; AND
  • SMALL SETTLEMENTS/HAMLETS

THE RURAL HIERARCHY IN THE PART 2 LOCAL PLANS WILL HAVE REGARD TO BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, THE FOLLOWING :

  • THE PRESENCE OF SERVICES AND FACILITIES TO MEET THE DAY TO DAY NEEDS OF RESIDENTS, INCLUDING THOSE FROM SURROUNDING SETTLEMENTS;
  • OPPORTUNITIES TO RETAIN AND IMPROVE THE PROVISION AND ENHANCEMENT OF SERVICES CRITICAL TO THE SUSTAINABILITY OF SETTLEMENTS;
  • ACCESSIBILITY, PARTICULARLY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT, TO THE MAIN TOWNS AND SUSTAINABLE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES;
  • EVIDENCE OF LOCAL NEEDS FOR HOUSING (INCLUDING MARKET AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING), EMPLOYMENT AND SERVICES;
  • THE ROLE, SCALE AND CHARACTER OF THE SETTLEMENT;
  • THE CAPACITY OF SETTLEMENTS TO ACCOMMODATE DEVELOPMENT IN TERMS OF PHYSICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER CONSTRAINTS;
  • THE AVAILABILITY OF DELIVERABLE SITES INCLUDING PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED LAND IN SUSTAINABLE LOCATIONS;
  • ENABLE SMALL SCALE HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT WHERE THIS MEETS LOCAL NEEDS AND/ OR SUPPORTS LOCAL SERVICES;
  • SUPPORT  THE  RETENTION  AND  PROVISION  OF  LOCAL  SERVICES AND FACILITIES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES;
  • SUSTAINING THE RURAL ECONOMY BY RETAINING EXISTING EMPLOYMENT SITES WHERE POSSIBLE, BY ENABLING SMALL SCALE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING TOURISM, THROUGH RURAL DIVERSIFICATION AND BY SUPPORTING APPROPRIATE AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY DEVELOPMENT;
  • PROTECT AND ENHANCE THE CHARACTER AND QUALITY OF THE RURAL AREA'S HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND AREAS OF HISTORIC OR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPORTANCE; AND
  • ENABLEING LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO IDENTIFY AND MEET THEIR OWN LOCAL NEEDS.

IN REFINING AND DETERMINING THE DETAILED HIERARCHY EACH DISTRICT COUNCIL WILL TAKE THE FOLLOWING FACTORS INTO ACCOUNT:

  • A) THE PRESENCE OF SERVICES AND FACILITIES TO MEET THE DAY TO DAY NEEDS OF RESIDENTS, INCLUDING THOSE FROM SURROUNDING SETTLEMENTS;
  • B) OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE SERVICE PROVISION AND ENHANCE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF SETTLEMENTS;
  • C) ACCESSIBILITY, PARTICULARLY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT, TO THE MAIN TOWNS;
  • D) EVIDENCE OF LOCAL NEEDS FOR HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT AND SERVICES; AND
  • E) THE SUITABILITY OF SETTLEMENTS TO ACCOMMODATE DEVELOPMENT IN TERMS OF ENVIRONMENTAL, INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER CONSTRAINTS.

THE SETTLEMENTS ANDCOUNTRYSIDE LOCAL PLANS TO BE PREPARED FOR DAVENTRY DISTRICT AND SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE WILL DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE SCALE OF DEVELOPMENT WITHIN FOR EACH CATEGORY OF INDIVIDUAL VILLAGE WITHIN THAT CATEGORY.THE FOLLOWING OVERALL SCALE OF RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OVER THE BASE DATE POSITION WILL BE APPROPRIATE THIS WILL HAVE REGARD TO THE INDICATIVE FIGURES BELOW MEASURED FROM A BASE DATE POSITION (2011):

  • PRIMARY SERVICE VILLAGES = MODERATE SCALE - 10% - UP TO12% OF THE EXISTING DWELLING STOCK
  • SECONDARY SERVICE VILLAGES = SMALL SCALE - 5- UP TO7% OF EXISTING DWELLING STOCK
  • OTHER VILLAGES - SMALL SCALE INFILL - UP TO 5 DWELLINGS

SMALL SETTLEMENTS/HAMLETS - DEVELOPMENT RESTRICTED TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL AREAS WILL BE REQUIRED TO:

A)   PROVIDE FOR AN APPROPRIATE MIX OF DWELLING TYPES AND SIZES, INCLUDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE; AND

B)   NOT AFFECT OPEN LAND WHICH IS OF PARTICULAR SIGNIFICANCE TO THE FORM AND CHARACTER OF THE VILLAGE; AND

C)   PRESERVE AND ENHANCE HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND AREAS OF HISTORIC OR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPORTANCE INCLUDING THOSE IDENTIFIED IN CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISALS AND VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENTS; AND

D)   PROTECT THE AMENITY OF EXISTING RESIDENTS;AND

E)   BE OF AN APPROPRIATE SCALE TO THE EXISTING SETTLEMENT; AND

F)    PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THAT EQUALLY ADDRESSES ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIROMENTAL ISSUES; AND

G)   BE WITHIN THE EXISTING CONFINES OF THE VILLAGE. DEVELOPMENT OUTSIDE THE EXISTING CONFINES WILL BE PERMITTED WHERE IT INVOLVES THE RE-USE OF BUILDINGS OR, IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, WHERE IT WILL ENHANCE OR MAINTAIN THE VITALITY OF RURAL COMMUNITIES OR WOULD CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS AND IMPROVE THE LOCAL ECONOMY.

ONCE THE HOUSING REQUIREMENT FOR THE RURAL AREAS HAS BEEN MET THROUGH PLANNING PERMISSIONS OR FUTURE ALLOCATIONS,. OR ONCE A PARTICULAR SETTLEMENT HAS REACHED THE UPPER LIMIT OF THE SCALE SPECIFIED ABOVE  IN THE APPROPRIATE  LOCAL PLANFURTHER HOUSING DEVELOPMENT WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED WHERE IT CAN BE DEMONSTRATED THAT IT:

  • WOULD RESULT IN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS ON A SITE INCLUDING FOR EXAMPLE THE RE-USE OF PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED LAND AND BEST PRACTICE IN DESIGN ; OR
  • IS REQUIRED TO SUPPORT THE RETENTION OF OR IMPROVEMENT TO ESSENTIAL LOCAL SERVICES THAT MAY BE UNDER THREAT (IN PARTICULAR THE LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL OR PRIMARY HEALTH SERVICES); AND
  • HAS BEEN INFORMED  INFORMED AGREEDBY A BY ANWITH THE RELEVANT PARISH COUNCIL OR APPROPRIATE LOCAL COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES FOLLOWING AEFFECTIVE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT EXERCISE PRIOR TO THE SUBMISSION OF A PLANNING APPLICATION.; OR
  • IS A RURAL EXCEPTIONS SITE THAT MEETS THE CRITERIA SET OUT IN POLICY H3; OR
  • HAS BEEN AGREED THROUGH AN ADOPTED NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN.

UNTIL THE NAMED RURAL SETTLEMENT HIERARCHY HAS BEEN DEFINED WITHIN FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PLAN DOCUMENTS PREPARED BY INDIVIDUAL LOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITIES IN CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES THE EXISTING SAVED LOCAL PLAN POLICIES FOR DAVENTRY DISTRICT AND SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE WILL APPLY.

1. To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed housing needs work and the extension of the plan period to 2029.

2. To address concerns raised at the Examination Hearings regarding the need for a more flexible and positive approach to development in the rural areas.

3. To provide greater clarity in accordance with the NPPF.

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Paragraph 16.20

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 16.

Add the following sentence at the end of Paragraph 16.20:

“The role of existing employment areas is recognised and these should be retained in accordance with the provisions of Policy E1.

To recognise role of existing employment areas and provide a cross reference to Policy E1.