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Representations on VALP Proposed Submission - H2 Rural exception sites
OBJECT Natural England (Ms Kirsty Macpherson)
Consistency between policies may
be a problem and could lead to
confusion around policy
requirements. Some policies
pertaining to development, state
that impacts to the environment
should be avoided, whereas others
do not. Policy D10, C1 and C3 have
policy points covering impacts to the
environment, but H2, E8 and C2 do
not even though they set the rules
for development. If they are all
required to comply with EN1-9, I1
and I4 then this should be
referenced (as it is in policy C1). Or
policies H2, E8, C2 need to add
wording around protection of the
SUPPORT Wendover Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (Mr Jonathan Clover)
The WNP research needs to explore the availability of such sites, if any, within or
adjacent to the built up area. In principle this is a worthwhile Policy, which is likely to
have support from the public based on present feedback.
OBJECT Historic England (Mr Martin Small)
we would like to see a criterion in Policy H2 that small-scale developments for affordable housing may be permitted only if there is no adverse impact on the historic environment/heritage assets, or at least a requirement that such development proposals conform with other policies of the Plan as part of the positive strategy for the conservation and enjoyment of, and the clear strategy for enhancing, the historic environment required by paragraphs 126 and 157 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
OBJECT Mr David Vowles
Policy should be simplified and clarified to ensure that it applies only to villages and other settlements (and not the wider "Rural area") and can be interpreted without the need to refer to other legislation.
SUPPORT Chiltern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Board (Dr Lucy Murfett)
The Chilterns Conservation Board supports this policy. The Board has supported and will continue to support rural exceptions schemes to meet identified local housing needs. However, changes are needed to Policies D2 or else there are very unlikely to be any rural exceptions sites in larger or medium villages because they allow new greenfield housing to be located "within or adjacent to the existing developed footprint of the settlement". For a rural exceptions policy to work, there has to be strict policy control on greenfield village expansions, which the RES is then an exception to.
OBJECT Haddenham Village Society (Mr Graham Tyack)
Paragraph 5.8 makes provision for affordable homes to be integrated throughout a development site, yet no provision is made to integrate affordable homes throughout the District. Indeed, Policy D3 states that proposed development in small villages should be of 5 dwellings or less. As paragraph 5.5 (and policy H1) states that the majority of affordable housing is to be delivered from Section 106 money, i.e. on sites of 11 or more dwellings, it would seem that, according to the VALP, no affordable housing is to be built in the smaller villages.
OBJECT Whaddon Parish Council (Ms Suzanne Lindsey)
Sites within an existing village footprint should not be classified as a 'Rural exception site' for the reasons stated.
OBJECT Mr Alan Sherwell
These exception sites are a great idea but should be for social rented housing only not affordable housing