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

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Barry James PHSW 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: 1860
Yeovil is the main town in the district and the Preferred Options allocates a relatively small number of key sites for development. It is understood that work is ongoing with the developers to bring these sites forward; PHSW has an interest in the Lufton key site. 5.9 There is some further opportunity for growth around the town however SSDC may wish – in order to ensure an appropriate level of ongoing delivery of housing across the Plan area – to keep the opportunity open of distributing m
Barry James PHSW 19 Aug 2019

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

  • Comment ID: 356
PHSW supports the continuing commitment to the Chard Eastern Development Area as the most appropriate location for growth in Chard, given the many benefits it provides to the town. The adopted Local Plan Policy PMT1 stated: Land at Chard is allocated for strategic growth to provide the following within the plan period and beyond: • At least 2,716 dwellings; • Approximately 13 hectares of employment land; • 2 new primary schools; • 4 neighbourhood centres (Avishayes, Stop Line Slopes, Millfields
Barry James PHSW 19 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Delivering Sustainable Development Presumption in Favour of Sustainable Development Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1328
The Proposed Vision provides for a mixture of growth and improvement in the District: South Somerset will be a thriving, attractive, healthy and socially inclusive place to live, work, study and visit. A place where businesses flourish and become more productive, communities are safe, vibrant and healthy, where residents enjoy good housing and cultural, leisure and sporting activities. It will have sustainable, low carbon towns with enhanced infrastructure of all types and improved public trans
Barry James PHSW 19 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Introduction What is the Local Plan and why are we reviewing it? Text Block

  • Comment ID: 357
It is noted in Figure 1.2 on Page 10 that the Local Plan has to be silent or out of date for material considerations to be taken into account. Section 38(6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires that "where in making any determination under the planning Acts, regard is to be had to the development plan, the determination shall be made in accordance with the plan unless material consideration indicates otherwise". It is therefore possible that material considerations could ind
Barry James PHSW 19 Aug 2019

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

  • Comment ID: 358
Policy HG2 relates to Affordable Housing. The % of affordable housing is noted and has its foundations in SHMA evidence. PHSW will work with SSDC to ensure policy compliant developments come forward, subject to viability considerations. However, the policy as drafted does not include the important proviso; the use of the word "should" instead of "will" is considered to give insufficient flexibility. There is reference in the supporting paragraphs but not the policy. Similarly the absolute % spl
Barry James PHSW 19 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Strategic Objectives and Vision Current Approach Strategic Objectives Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1848
Introduction 1.1 I am Barry H James and I am the Strategic Planner for Persimmon Homes South West. I have been a Chartered Town Planner since 2000. 1.2 This submission is made on behalf of Persimmon Homes South West (hereafter referred to as PHSW) to South Somerset District Council (SSDC) in response to the Preferred Options consultation. 2.0 Summary 2.1 This Statement covers all the sections of the Preferred Options consultation document that PHSW would like to raise with SSDC when prep
Barry James PHSW 19 Aug 2019

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

  • Comment ID: 359
Space Standards: within Policy HG3 and elsewhere within the document there is reference to space standards. PHSW suggests there should be flexibility (again the use of "should" instead of "will", whilst useful, should be reviewed to ensure the policy provides sufficient flexibility). The main impact is felt on the smallest homes, and by building them at NDSS level the build cost of these smallest units increase. This affects affordability and can price people out of the market, forcing them into
Barry James PHSW 19 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Strategic Objectives and Vision Current Approach Strategic Objectives Text Block

  • Comment ID: 352
The Proposed Vision provides for a mixture of growth and improvement in the District: South Somerset will be a thriving, attractive, healthy and socially inclusive place to live, work, study and visit. A place where businesses flourish and become more productive, communities are safe, vibrant and healthy, where residents enjoy good housing and cultural, leisure and sporting activities. It will have sustainable, low carbon towns with enhanced infrastructure of all types and improved public trans
Barry James PHSW 19 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Housing Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Text Block

  • Comment ID: 360
Policy HG6 relates to the provision of gypsy and traveller sites. Experience elsewhere (Mid Devon, East Devon) – where allocations have been attempted within wider strategic allocations for mixed use developments have proven problematic. Paragraph 9.67 of the Preferred Options document states that small, family owned sites are favoured rather than multi-pitch/multi-family sites, and the Plan should therefore facilitate these. Any site allocations should be conducted with due consideration of the
Barry James PHSW 19 Aug 2019

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

  • Comment ID: 353
Policy SS1 – there is reference to enhancing the role of Primary Market Towns as "service centres", and rural centres having a "local service role". For the avoidance of doubt it would be useful if short definitions were included in Appendix 3 (Glossary) to explain/reinforce what is meant by these terms. Apart from this point, there is a logic to continuing a hierarchical approach, based upon evidence available and potential for development. Distribution of Housing – the document indicates that
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