Main Modifications

5. Policy SS5: Delivering New Housing Growth

Main Modification 12: Amendment to Policy SS5 to improve clarity on housing delivery in Crewkerne and Wincanton
 
Summary
 

5.1. At the Local Plan Examination Hearing Session for Issues 6 and 7, the Inspector sought greater clarity on how applications for residential development and overall housing growth will be managed in the Market Towns of Crewkerne and Wincanton.

5.2. The Council recognises that given Crewkerne does not have an identified ‘Direction of Growth’ and that Wincanton’s ‘Direction of Growth’ is only for economic development there is the need to be more definite on how applications for residential development will be considered.   To improve clarity for the development industry and the local community, the text in Policy SS5 is amended as set out below.

5.3. It is also proposed to amend Policy SS5 (as has been done in SS3) to refer to ‘Development Areas’ at Rural Centres, as this gives greater clarity for applicants and decision makers, by making it explicitly clear that development in Rural Centres needs to be well related to the existing built settlement. 

5.4. In his Preliminary Findings letter of 16 July 2014, the Inspector requested that the Council provide a stronger commitment to an early review of the policy framework for delivering housing and employment in Wincanton.   It is therefore proposed that a specific reference to this early review is included in the Implementation and Monitoring chapter of the Local Plan and a footnote be added to both Policies SS3 and SS5 to highlight the Council’s intention to carry out this early review of housing and employment policy for Wincanton.

Implication for Policy
 

Ref.

PSSSLP Page and Policy

Main Modification

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Page 53; Policy SS5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the following in the third paragraph:

“Prior to the adoption of the Site Allocations Development Plan Document, a permissive approach will be taken when considering housing proposals in Yeovil (via the SUEs), and ‘directions of growth’ at the Market Towns.  The overall scale of growth (set out below) and the wider policy framework will be key considerations in taking this approach, with the emphasis upon maintaining the established settlement hierarchy and ensuring sustainable levels of growth for all settlements.  The same key considerations should also apply when considering housing proposals (wherever located) adjacent to the development area at Crewkerne, Wincanton and the Rural Centres.

Chapter 13 – Implementation and Monitoring. Insert new paragraph (after current paragraph 13.5)

 

“An early review of policy relating to housing and employment delivery in Wincanton will be undertaken as part of the proposed Site Allocations Development Plan Document process; this will commence within two years, with the objective that the review will be completed within five years of the date of adoption of the Local Plan.

Page 54, Policy SS5

 

***“An early review of policy relating to housing and employment delivery in Wincanton will be undertaken as part of the proposed Site Allocations Development Plan Document process; this will commence within two years, with the objective that the review will be completed within five years of the date of adoption of the Local Plan.”