South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18)

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Persimmon Homes (South West) Ltd 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Settlement Strategy Housing Requirements for Neighbourhood Plans Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1783
2.17 The proposed housing target in the Preferred Options is 716 dwellings per annum based on the Standard Method, this is actually significantly lower than the adopted Plan of 725 dwellings per annum, it is important that housing need is not underestimated, particularly as the Government's objective remains to significantly boost the supply of homes, in which case it is important that a sufficient amount and variety of land can come forward where it is needed, that the needs of groups with spec
Persimmon Homes (South West) Ltd 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Housing Mix of Affordable Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1798
5.2 Policy HG2 Provision of Affordable Housing - whilst in principle the provision of affordable housing is supported, the emphasis in plan making is now upon understanding the evidence base to support the viability of 29% affordable housing proposed in the Plan. 5.3 The evidence that the Council rely upon is the SHMA. The SHMA for Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Taunton Deane (October 2016) is now nearly 3 years old. The Planning Inspectorate "Procedural Guide for Local Plan Examinations
Persimmon Homes (South West) Ltd 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Transport and Accessibility Low Carbon Travel Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1804
5.16 Importantly the Plan recognises at paragraph 12.10 that for certain schemes due to their size and scale that it may not be viable or indeed feasible to require all the measures set out in paragraph 12.11 to be delivered. The fact that this is left to applicants to justify through supporting material whether measures can be included or not is welcomed.
Persimmon Homes (South West) Ltd 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Housing Nationally Described Space Standards Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1799
5.11 It is noted that the Plan makes reference to the SHMA (paragraph 9.34) which concluded that there was a case for adopting the standards for affordable housing, but not for the market sector. The Council conclude that based upon the evidence currently available in the SHMA, the nationally described space standards will be applied to affordable housing. However as referred to elsewhere in these representations, the SHMA is considered to be out of date.
Persimmon Homes (South West) Ltd 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Transport and Accessibility Low Carbon Travel Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1805
5.17 Policy TA1 proposes that each new dwelling with one or more parking spaces shall provide at least one (16 amp minimum) electric vehicle charging point (EVCP). As set out in the 2019 NPPF a policy requirement for EVCPs should be clearly written and unambiguous (paragraph 16). In which case the Council should clearly specify the quantum and type of provision sought either AC Level 1 (a slow or trickle plug connected to a standard outlet) EVCP or AC Level 2 (delivering more power to charge the
Persimmon Homes (South West) Ltd 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Introduction Strategic Environmental Appraisal / Sustainability Appraisal Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1786
2.36 The PPG states that the SA process is an opportunity to consider ways in which the plan can contribute to improvements in environmental, social and economic conditions, as well as a means of identifying and mitigating any potential adverse effects that the Plan might otherwise have. 2.37 The SA needs to consider all reasonable alternatives as the Plan evolves, including the preferred approach, and assess these against the baseline environmental, economic and social characteristics of the a
Persimmon Homes (South West) Ltd 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Market Towns Chard Eastern Development Area Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1794
3.1 Outside Yeovil, the Preferred Options proposes more limited growth in other larger settlements. These are identified as Market Towns (Primary Market Towns and Local Market Towns) and Rural Centres. The amount of growth proposed to the Primary Market Towns is proposed to increase from 25% in the adopted Local Plan to 29% in the Preferred Options. The amount of growth proposed for Chard is significantly higher than the other Primary Market Towns, reflecting its role in the district and the opp
Persimmon Homes (South West) Ltd 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Housing Nationally Described Space Standards Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1802
5.12 Policy HG3 proposes to introduce the requirement for the Nationally Described Space Standard (NDSS) for all affordable housing. The adoption of the NDSS should be in accordance with 2019 NPPF (paragraph 127f and Footnote 46) and the latest PPG. The 2019 NPPF states that "policies may also make use of the NDSS where the need for an internal space standard can be justified". As referred to above and set out in the 2019 NPPF policies should be underpinned by relevant and up to date evidence wh
Persimmon Homes (South West) Ltd 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Transport and Accessibility Parking Standards Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1807
5.19 Policy TA5 refers to Somerset County Council Parking Strategy - however, this is dated March 2012 (paragraph 12.30). This appears to have been developed and a further guidance note produced in October 2013 – " Residential Parking Zone Guidance." "It has been developed in response to issues raised following the publication of the Council's Parking Strategy in March 2012, which has since been revised in September 2013. It provides additional information on how the policies set out in the revi
Persimmon Homes (South West) Ltd 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Biodiversity and climate change Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1808
5.23 Policy EQ1 needs to be re-considered in the context of the NPPG Chapter 14 Climate Change (February 2019) and PPG Climate Change (March 2019), for example bullet point 1 is not clear. Different sectors may have different options for mitigation. The PPG states that: "Every area will have different challenges and opportunities for reducing carbon emissions from new development such as homes, businesses, energy, transport and agricultural related development." Paragraph: 007 Reference ID: 6-0
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