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

Comment ID 1165
Document Section South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Rural Centres Land south of Court Lane Text Block View all on this section
Respondent Origin3 View all by this respondent
Response Date 18 Oct 2019
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Comment

These representations to the South Somerset Local Plan Review Preferred Options Consultation (September 2019) have been prepared by Origin3 on behalf of Burrington Estates (New Homes) Ltd in relation to their land interest at Court Lane, Milborne Port. A site location plans is attached to these representations. 

These representations comment on the following policies:

Policy SS1 (Settlement Strategy)

Policy SS2 (Delivering New Homes)

Policy MP2 (New Housing Provision South of Court Lane)

The most pertinent issues raised within this set of representations are as follows:

The identification of Milborne Port as a Rural Centre in Policy SS1: Settlement Strategy is supported.

The provision of additional housing development in sustainable locations such as Milborne Port which allow the settlement to grow and expand is supported.

The identification of land South of Court Lane as a housing allocation which includes the provision of public open space is supported. It is suggested that the site could be considered for general needs, age-restricted or elderly accommodation.

The site at South of Court Lane has been the subject of a previous planning application, which demonstrated that there were no technical reasons as to why an application for new housing development should not be supported.

The identification of land South of Court Lane as a housing allocation which includes the provision of public open space is supported. Given the age profile of the residents of South Somerset and the sharp growth in those over the age of 60, this site could also be considered for age-restricted or elderly accommodation.

The site is wholly located within Flood Zone 1. The site is free from significant ecological, landscape and heritage designations and constraints.

The site is surrounded on 3 sides by built form, to make it effectively a potential infill site. The site’s northern boundary is defined by Court Lane, which generally demarcates the northern edge of the settlement. The site is therefore not considered to represent an intrusion into the open countryside site.

The site has been identified as having a high capacity to accommodate built development in the Council’s Peripheral Landscape Study.

The site has been identified as suitable, available and deliverable in the Council’s most recent Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (2018).

The site has been the subject of a refused planning application (ref. 14/01055/OUT) for 20 dwellings during September 2014. It is prudent to note that the consultation process demonstrated that there were no technical reasons as to why the application should not have been supported. Notwithstanding the merits of the previous application, the officer’s recommendation was clear in that application site comprised a sustainable and appropriate location for new housing development.

The proposed housing allocation at Court Lane, Milborne Port is one of a small number of small and medium sized housing allocations put forward by the Council through the Local Plan Review. The identification of small and medium sized sites offers flexibility and diversity in the housing supply which will assist the Council both in meeting its district wide housing requirement and maintaining a rolling five year requirement of deliverable housing land as required by national policy.

This approach is in line with paragraph 68 of the NPPF which recognises that small to medium sized sites can make an important contribution to meeting the housing requirement of an area as they are often built-out relatively quickly without the need for upfront and or significant infrastructure.

In conclusion, we welcome this next step of the Local Plan process and welcome the opportunity to work closely with the Council to bring forward the delivery of this site within the new Plan.

The identification of Milborne Port as a Rural Centre in Policy SS1: Settlement Strategy is supported.

The provision of additional housing development in sustainable locations such as Milborne Port which allow the settlement to grow and expand is supported.

The identification of land South of Court Lane as a housing allocation which includes the provision of public open space is supported. It is suggested that the site could be considered for general needs, agerestricted or elderly accommodation.

The site at South of Court Lane has been the subject of a previous planning application, which demonstrated that there were no technical reasons as to why an application for new housing development should not be supported.