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North East Derbyshire Publication Draft Local Plan (Reg 19)

Map 5: Inset K: S.E. Parishes

Representation ID: 7472

Received: 04/04/2018

Respondent: Planning Design Practice

Agent: Planning Design Practice

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

The site has planning permission for 31 dwellings (15/00910)and has been included in the council's 5 year housing Land Supply figures as a deliverable site. A reserved matters application has been submitted and the development has the support of the senior planinng team. Development is expected to start later this year. The village development boundary for Stretton must be extended to include this land.

Change suggested by respondent:

The Stretton village boundary must be extended to include the housing site approved by planning permission 15/00910 dated 12th November 2015.

Full text:

I am writing on behalf of Wildgoose Homes. Land north of Highstairs Lane in Stretton has outline planning permission for up to 31 dwellings 15/00910/FL dated 12th November 2015. This consent is extant and there is a valid reserved matters application pending determination in the next 6 weeks. This reserved matters application has been subject to pre-application discussions and has the support of the senior planning team. The outline permission for up to 31 dwellings has been included as a deliverable site in the council's 5 year housing supply figures. The developer, Wildgoose Homes is looking to start building homes on site later this year.

This land has been omitted from the Stretton village development boundary. When planning permission was first approved in 2014 it was seen as a logical extension to the village with the expectation that the village boundary would be extended around the site. An earlier representation was made to the preferred options stage to ensure that the land was excluded from the proposed Area of Separation between Stretton and Clay Cross and that the site be included within the Stretton Village Development Boundary. The first step was agreed, the land has been omitted from the Area of Separation but a further step of including the site within the village development boundary still needs to be done.

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North East Derbyshire Publication Draft Local Plan (Reg 19)

Map 3: Inset F: Wingerworth, Tupton & GRassmoor

Representation ID: 7512

Received: 04/04/2018

Respondent: Planning Design Practice

Agent: Planning Design Practice

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

The site is suitable for development, it is a sustainable location and there is a need for elderly persons housing that could be delivered on this site.The applicant is willing to build mainly bungalows and dormer bungalows on a site with an average density of 25 d.p.h. which is the level necessary to effectively and efficiently deliver single storey development. The applicant is also willing to provide up to 50% affordable housing with the emphasis on the elderly in the type and design of the affordable dwellings.

Change suggested by respondent:

The side should be included as a housing allocation or through an alteration to the Wingerworth village boundary.

Full text:

Omission as a housing site of land off Swathwick Lane Wingerworth for Mr Frank Hardy. The site lies on the edge of the village, it is a green field site covering some 5.66 ha (SHLAA site 2202) which lies outside the Green Belt. Wingerworth is a sustainable second tier settlement of over 7000 residents with good levels of sustainability, only 3.5km south of Chesterfield which is the second largest settlement in Derbyshire. It should be seen as a sustainable location within a wider context in North Derbyshire as its development will contribute to the housing needs of the sub-region.

The applicant has a long association with Wingerworth and is very aware of the housing needs of Wingerworth and the wider area. The Local Plan makes provision for 6621 dwellings as part of NEDDC's contribution to the North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Housing Market Area . This wider HMA needs to provide 1,184 homes a year. Within the wider HMA different parts of the HMA have differing demographic trends but all are seeing a growth in the elderly population. In North East Derbyshire is this particularly apparent, as the District has some fine landscapes and has a long boundary with the Peak District National Park. Migration within the HMA is likely to place pressure on NEDDC to accommodate an aging population in a district that remains reasonably affordable and within close reach of Chesterfield and other centres of population where there is a greater concentration of younger people.

Draft policy LC4 makes specific mention of the need to cater for elderly people but none of the proposed housing allocations which are related to tier 1 2 or 3 settlements makes specific reference to the elderly. All the sites are for general housing not specialist housing.

On this site the applicant is will to make the site predominately bungalows or dormer bungalows built to codes M(4) 2 and M(4)3, which is accessible and full wheelchair standard. The applicant is willing to provide up to 50% affordable housing to address the specific housing needs of the District. None of the allocated sites make specific reference to building homes for older people or providing affordable housing above the threshold of 35%. None of the affordable housing proposed is specific to the elderly.

Existing facilities on this side of the village have suffered as the growth in population has been to the east and existing facilities could be better maintained by an increase in the population. The housing on the western side of Wingerworth was developed primarily in the period between 1950 and 1990. The population has aged significantly at a time when existing facilities have reduced while the ability of residents to drive or to access facilities further afield is also diminishing with age.

There is an on-going need for more age specific market housing to be made available for the resident population of Wingerworth and those looking to downsize in the District and the wider HMA. As part of a development of 110 dwellings a small convenience store could be provided to support the local population By providing the village with age specific housing the existing housing stock would become available for younger people through downsizing and this should help to support the vitality and viability of the village.

This gently undulating site is well screened so the impact on the landscape is very limited. Concern has been expressed by the planning team at NEDDC that development here would set a precident for further housing on the western side of the Lane. However with a 5 year land supply and sufficient housing allocations the council would have no need to accommodate any further housing sites in this side of Wingerworth.

The site should be seen as an exception in its provision of up to 50% affordable housing and housing for the elderly. The applicant is confident that this form of specialism is viable with demand for bungalows being particularly high. A density of 25 dwellings per ha would provide the space necessary for bungalows which could be delivered efficiently and effectively by small and medium builders.

Elderly persons housing as a group or block would also allow the more efficient delivery of services such as cleaning and home help.

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