PROPOSED SUBMISSION LOCAL PLAN 2006-2028 - Aug 12

Document Section Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Settlement Strategy Settlement Hierarchy Sustainabilty Appraisal Policy SS1: Settlement Hierarchy [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 2110
Respondent BHartley [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Aug 2012
Response Type OBJECT
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 Justified
Comment

For the reasons set out in this submission I am of the view that the Local Plan fails the NPPF tests of soundness in that it is not flexible.

1. This issues fits across several parts of the Local Plan but demonstrates how SSDC have failed to bring a methodology into the Plan.

(a) There appears is disconnect between the district wide requirement for housing, distribution of housing, jobs and employment land. The thrust seems to be about meeting corporate vision of large scale growth for Yeovil and Chard then allocating the remainder by a series of differing approaches. For other towns and rural centres there seems to be an element of discussion with these local councils on what level of housing they would accept, which become their aspiration and allocation. Similar appears to be the case for some Rural Centres but not others.

(b) The Local Plan for Stoke Sub Hamdon for example plans with a projected net decline in population of approximately -1.1% but allocates 2 hectares of employment land with 70 jobs or so. Why would SSDC plan a population decline in a Rural Centre? It doesn't equate to a policy of growing communities? However it appears to be the village aspiration.

(c) llminster has an allocation of housing of 531 but only 343 jobs and employment land of 23.05 hectares. No mention of creating more which could be drawn from the wider rural settlements. Presumably because it does not fit "POLICY SS2 " of restricting rural settlement development. So it becomes a policy of limiting strategic employment outside Yeovil to establish the Flagship Urban Extension. This is not a sound district wide Local Plan because it is unable to be flexlble and balanced in its approach.

2. The settlement hierarchy is not an issue however in deciding housing distribution v employment is as there appears to be a methodology disconnect between population growth jobs and housing and employment land. (see attached)

What changes do you suggest to make the DPD legally compliant or sound? I wish to participant at the oral hearing because I feel that the evidence I bring forward is highly relevant and pertinent In identifying error and omissions in a plan that fails to bring forward current evidence and fails to balance the evidence available or properly consider the views of the communities and individuals through its consultation process.
If your representation is seeking a change, do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? Yes
If you wish to participate at the oral part of the examination, please outline why you consider this to be necessary: I wish to participant at the oral hearing because I feel that the evidence I bring forward is highly relevant & pertinent in identifying error and omissions in a plan that fails to bring forward current evidence & fails to balance the evidence available.
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