MM/101

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Support

Main Modifications to the North East Derbyshire Local Plan (Publication Draft), 2020

Representation ID: 10464

Received: 20/01/2021

Respondent: Mr Paul Johnson

Representation:

Council Officer has identified Modification reference.

The addition of areas of tranquillity is excellent, although it gives protection to areas currently enjoying a high degree of protection anyway.

For those conurbations where there is a significant degree of development there is a need for smaller pockets of land to be designated as areas of tranquillity. They are probably more necessary here than in other locations.

An allocation in Killamarsh, KL/1, has lovely walking spaces, 5 public footpaths crossing it, beautiful views to the hills to the west of Derbyshire, a wildflower meadow and ecological excellence. This is an area of tranquillity that needs to be protected.

Full text:

The addition of areas of tranquillity is excellent, although it gives protection to areas currently enjoying a high degree of protection anyway.

For those conurbations where there is a significant degree of development there is a need for smaller pockets of land to be designated as areas of tranquillity. They are probably more necessary here than in other locations.

An allocation in Killamarsh, KL/1, has lovely walking spaces, 5 public footpaths crossing it, beautiful views to the hills to the west of Derbyshire, a wildflower meadow and ecological excellence. This is an area of tranquillity that needs to be protected.

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Support

Main Modifications to the North East Derbyshire Local Plan (Publication Draft), 2020

Representation ID: 10704

Received: 27/01/2021

Respondent: Mrs Christine E Johnson

Representation:

Council Officer has identified Modification reference.

The site of KL/1 gives sweeping views of the rolling hills of Derbyshire to the west. These views are enjoyed by walkers, providing a tranquil space to enjoy nature.

The five footpaths crossing this site allow wildlife to be appreciated and enjoyed. As a young girl my friends and I walked through the fields enjoying wildflowers, birds and insects in a safe, quiet environment. The Westthorpe Colliery was open then and this vale of tranquillity made up for the movement of loaded lorries from this colliery, the Drift Mine at High Moor and an open-cast mine leading directly to Spinkhill Road.

This tranquillity will be totally lost unless KL/1 is removed from the Plan.

Other areas, with massive expanses of ‘green’ land, have their areas protected. Killamarsh has small tracts of such land which need to be protected and cherished for our children and grandchildren.

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The site of KL/1 gives sweeping views of the rolling hills of Derbyshire to the west. These views are enjoyed by walkers, providing a tranquil space to enjoy nature.

The five footpaths crossing this site allow wildlife to be appreciated and enjoyed. As a young girl my friends and I walked through the fields enjoying wildflowers, birds and insects in a safe, quiet environment. The Westthorpe Colliery was open then and this vale of tranquillity made up for the movement of loaded lorries from this colliery, the Drift Mine at High Moor and an open-cast mine leading directly to Spinkhill Road.

This tranquillity will be totally lost unless KL/1 is removed from the Plan.

Other areas, with massive expanses of ‘green’ land, have their areas protected. Killamarsh has small tracts of such land which need to be protected and cherished for our children and grandchildren.

Support

Main Modifications to the North East Derbyshire Local Plan (Publication Draft), 2020

Representation ID: 10790

Received: 29/01/2021

Respondent: Derbyshire County Council

Representation:

DCC welcomes MM/101, which indicates that ‘In addition, within this landscape context, Derbyshire County Council has prepared a tranquillity map for Derbyshire. This map which expresses locally the spread of tranquillity will be a material consideration when determining proposals under Policy SDC3.

This additional text will help to clarify that tranquillity is an important perceptual quality of the landscape, and will assist in the implementation of Policy SDC3: Landscape Character.

Full text:

Thank you for consulting Derbyshire County Council (DCC) on the North East Derbyshire Local Plan Main Modifications (MM). DCC’s officer technical comments on the MMs are set out below.
DCC submitted extensive comments on the North East Derbyshire Local Plan Publication Draft (LPPD) on 4 April 2018. DCC also submitted statements on behalf of the County Council relating to a number of the Inspector’s Main Matters, Issues and Questions for the Local Plan Hearing Sessions relating to:
Matter 6: Green Belt
Matter 7: Infrastructure: Highways Statement
Matter 7: Infrastructure: Education
Matter 15: Gypsies and Travellers
DCC’s officer technical comments on the MMs below are made in the context of above.
Living Communities
MM/025: Support
Comments
It is noted from the MMs that no modifications have been made to the District’s overall housing provision requirement in the LPPD of 6,600 dwellings (330 per annum). DCC supported this housing requirement through its comments on the LPPD as it was considered to be well justified and based on robust and comprehensive evidence set out in the North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Strategic Housing Market Area Update 2017.

Based on updated monitoring information produced by the District council, it is noted in MM/025 that from the start of the Plan Period, this updated information now indicates that there has been no significant undersupply in relation to the Governments Housing Delivery Test and therefore the housing trajectory in Appendix C has sought to ensure it includes a 5% buffer within the first five years after adoption (rather than a 20% buffer as previously included in the LPCD); and that if in future monitoring years, the Housing Delivery Test indicates that there is significant under delivery over the previous three years (below 85% of the requirement), the buffer should be increased to 20% in the five year housing land supply calculations.

On the basis of the above, MM/025 is considered to be fully justified in including a 5% buffer rather than a 20% buffer to the District housing land supply as previously set out in the LPPD as this is considered to be in accordance with requirements of Government policy and guidance for provision of housing by local planning authorities, particularly relating to the Housing Delivery Test.

Gypsies and Travellers
MM/072 / MM/073 / MM/074

Comments

DCC submitted a detailed statement on Main Matter 15: Gypsy and Traveller Provision for the Local Plan Hearing Session, particularly setting out details of the Derby, Derbyshire, Peak District National Park and East Staffordshire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) that it had commissioned on behalf of all the partner authorities in the assessment; and its Member and Officer comments on four proposed allocations for Traveller sites in the District, including sites at The Old Potato Store, Dark Lane Callow and Dark Lane, North Wingfield. DCC’s officer also appeared at the Local Plan Hearing Session to address questions and issues raised by the Inspector in respect of the proposed allocated sites. In the context of the above, DCC has no further comments to make on MMs 072, 073 and 074.

MM / 075: Support

Comments

It is noted that the proposed allocation of the two sites at The Old Potato Store, Dark Lane Callow and Dark Lane, North Wingfield would provide for a total of 5 pitches against a total pitch requirement of 6 pitches identified in the Derby, Derbyshire, Peak District National Park and East Staffordshire GTAA for the period 2014 – 2019.

In this context, and the shortfall of pitches proposed to be allocated, MM/075 is supported as it provides a more firm commitment that the District Council will seek to ensure the provision of further sufficient pitches within the District to meet the full accommodation needs of gypsies and travellers as assessed through the current Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (or its replacement).

Safeguarded Land for Education provision

MM/118: Support subject to following comments

Comments

In its comments on the LPPD, DCC expressed concerns to the District Council that the LPPD Proposals Maps did not identify any of the County Council’s notified sites that it wished to retain for education purposes. Plans of the relevant sites were subsequently sent by DCC to the District Council. Furthermore, concern was expressed that the infrastructure section of the Plan did not make any specific reference to notified school sites other than loosely through Policies ID4 and ID5 regarding social infrastructure. DCC requested therefore that the District Council addressed these concerns and identified the County Council’s notified sites on the relevant Local Plan Proposals Maps and included reference to notified sites and the importance of the need for their retention for education purposes within the Social Infrastructure Section of the LPPD and Policy ID5.

DCC is pleased to see that its concerns have been largely addressed through MM/118 with proposed additional text and a supporting Policy D6: Safeguarded Land for Education Facilities, which correctly identifies the four sites DCC wishes to see identified as Notified Sites. However, it is noted that the revised Proposals Map only identifies two of the four sites at Unstone and Mickley. DCC would request, therefore, that the two other sites at a) Renishaw Primary School, Hague Lane, Renishaw; and b) Land at Lansbury Avenue, Pilsley are also identified on the Proposals Map. Plans of these sites are attached to this letter.
Highways

MM/114 MM/115 and MM/116: Support subject to comments below

Comments

DCC made extensive comments on the highways implications of the Local Plan’s policies and allocations through its comments on the LPPD and its detailed Highways Statement referred to above for the Examination Hearing Sessions. Comments through the above highlighted conclusions that had arisen through the transport modelling works undertaken to inform the Local Plan that had identified the need for highway mitigation works at the A61 Bowshaw roundabout and the B6057 Green Lane/Callywhite Lane junction arising from the proposed development at Dronfield, on the basis of cumulative impacts and the need for developer contributions to support the delivery of any necessary improvements. This work also highlighted that traffic, albeit not in large volumes arising from proposed housing development mainly at Renishaw, Eckington and Killamarsh would route to and from junction 30 of the M1 motorway. Consequently DCC would continue to liaise with NEDDC and Highways England together with the other relevant neighbouring authorities to more fully explore the cumulative impacts of planned growth on junction 30 of the M1.

In the context of the above, DCC welcomes the amendments that are proposed to the supporting text in the Local Plan under MM114 and MM115 and through amendments to Policy ID2: Provision and Safeguarding of Transport Infrastructure, that satisfactorily address DCC’s comments and issues raised on this matter.


Climate Change and Sustainable Development
MM/090: Support subject to comments below
Comment

Policy WC5: Point 2. DCC would request that the following requirement is also included:

‘In all cases proposals will be expected to have high energy efficiency and net zero carbon emissions in operation’

MM099: Support subject to comment below

Comment

Policy SDC1: Re-use and Conversion of Buildings in the Green Belt and Countryside. Under point 1 DCC request that the following requirement is also included:

‘the design incorporates high energy efficiency and low/zero carbon energy technologies’

Housing Needs of Older People and People with other Specialist Needs

MM/ 017 MM/065 and MM/066: Support subject to following comments

Comments
DCC would request that greater flexibility be given to permit housing for the elderly / supported needs on land that might overwise be safeguarded against development in the local plan e.g. at MM/065 and MM/066 – this suggests Greenbelt development could be permitted but Greenbelt land would naturally be beyond the edges of the settlement boundaries whereas DCC is aware of a number of underutilised areas of POS / allocated recreation land close to district centres and local amenities that would better fit the bill. This would help support the County Council’s Adult Care Accommodation Strategy; https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/site-elements/documents/pdf/social-health/adult-care-and-wellbeing/accommodation-and-housing/older-peoples-housing-accommodation-and-support-strategy-2019-to-2035.pdf

The above suggestion could be expanded further in MM/017 to permit housing development in general on POS/allocated recreation land where it can be demonstrated as being poor quality and unused – DCC has examples where despite efforts to secure interest from local sports clubs the land sits fallow and has done for years becoming a drain on the County Council’s Grounds Maintenance budget – ultimately the land attracts unsocial behaviour and becomes a nuisance hot spot. Again development of such land would seem preferable to Greenbelt development i.e. within the settlement boundaries close to amenities – schools, shops, surgeries, bus routes etc.

Landscape

MM101: Support

DCC welcomes MM/101, which indicates that ‘In addition, within this landscape context, Derbyshire County Council has prepared a tranquillity map for Derbyshire. This map which expresses locally the spread of tranquillity will be a material consideration when determining proposals under Policy SDC3.

This additional text will help to clarify that tranquillity is an important perceptual quality of the landscape, and will assist in the implementation of Policy SDC3: Landscape Character.


General Comment: Provision of New Infrastructure: Public Transport
The LPPD and the Main Modifications do not make any reference to proposals to reopen the Barrow Hill rail line. A bid to the DfT has recently been submitted on behalf of DCC and the Sheffield City Region to re-open the line and as part of this there are proposals for a new station approximately midway between Eckington and Renishaw. There is also a proposal for a station to serve Killamarsh but the actual site for this is just inside South Yorkshire. Through the Main Modifications, DCC considers that there may be an opportunity to update the Local Plan to identify proposals to open the Barrow Hill rail line which, if approved by the DfT, will provide for an important new piece of transport infrastructure that could assist in facilitating proposed new growth in the District and significantly improve connectivity to and from the District.
I hope the comments above are of assistance to the District Council