Document Section Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Settlement Strategy Phasing of Development Phasing of Development [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 262
Respondent Matt Horsley [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 31 Jul 2012
Response Type OBJECT
Do you consider the DPD is Legally Compliant? No
Do you consider the DPD is Sound? No
If you have responded that the DPD is unsound, Do you consider the DPD is unsound because it is:
  • Not Consistent with national policy

I object to paragraph 4.121 on the basis that the phasing does not take into account the quality of the Greenfield land, should it need to be built on.

What changes do you suggest to make the DPD legally compliant or sound? An additional bullet point should be added stating:

"If there is no other option but to develop on greenfield land, then the lowest quality of land will be used first. The assessment of quality of land will follow the grading as defined in the report 'Agricultural Land Classification Of England and Wales (MAFF, October 1988). The land will be developed in the following order: 1. Grade 5; 2. Grade 4; 3. Grade 3b; 4. Grade 3a; 5. Grade 2; 6. Grade1, with Grade 1 (excellent quality land) being only developed in exceptional circumstances"

This statement will bring paragraph 4.121 into line with the National Planning Policy Framework, Paragraph 112.

If your representation is seeking a change, do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? No