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Object

Joint Local Plan Main Modifications

Representation ID: 22608

Received: 02/05/2023

Respondent: Mrs Margaret Podd

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

The JLP should include a policy stating that any proposals for new residential development will be subject to the requirement that all new housing be built to Building Regulations Part M4 (2) standards and a proportion to Part M4 (3) standards, in order to help meet the needs identified in paragraphs 13.15-13.20.of the proposed modified JLP.

Change suggested by respondent:

Suggested New Policy

All new housing must comply with Building Regulations Part M4 (2) requirements (or any relevant regulation that supersedes and replaces) and xx% must comply with Building Regulations Part M4 (3) requirements.

Full text:

The deletion of the original Policy LP06 (Mix and Type of composition) is a retrograde step. See my original objections of December 2020 to Policy LP06 Objection Nos 21237 & 21479. Any proposals for new residential development (for example windfall sites, allocations made in Neighbourhood Plans, or any new allocations proposed in the Part 2 plan [as recognised in the Inspectors’ letter to the LPA of 9th December 2021]) should be subject to the requirement that all new housing be built to Building Regulations Part M4 (2) standards and a proportion to Part M4 (3) standards to help meet the needs identified in paragraphs 13.15-13.20.of the proposed modified JLP. By stating this as a local plan policy at this stage, developers will be able to take this into account in their financial planning for future development proposals.

It is more cost effective for local authorities to provide care support to someone able to remain in their own home for longer (because of the level of accessibility provided) rather than having to fund the cost of full time care in a care home: surely a consideration in a time of great financial constraints on the public sector.

Support

Joint Local Plan Main Modifications

Representation ID: 22779

Received: 03/05/2023

Respondent: McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd.

Agent: The Planning Bureau Ltd

Representation Summary:

We support MM34 and MM36 in the deletion of the text of policies LP06, Mix and type of composition
of housing and LP07 Supported and Special Needs Housing and the replacement with proposed main
modification MM35 that combines both policies. We also support AM48 that amends and clarifies
the supporting paragraphs to LP06 / LP07 and specifically expresses the need for older person’s
housing. This is consistent with the requirements of national policy.

Full text:

Please find below our
comments, which specifically responds to modifications MM34, MM35, MM36 and AM48.
We support MM34 and MM36 in the deletion of the text of policies LP06, Mix and type of composition
of housing and LP07 Supported and Special Needs Housing and the replacement with proposed main
modification MM35 that combines both policies. We also support AM48 that amends and clarifies
the supporting paragraphs to LP06 / LP07 and specifically expresses the need for older person’s
housing. This is consistent with the requirements of national policy.
However, given the great older person’s housing need identified in AM48 para 13.16 and 13.17 that
makes up around 13% of the total housing requirement expressed within Table 3 of the Local Plan and
amended in MM4, we feel that MM35 should be amended slightly to clarify that the amended policy
LP06 also refers specifically to older person’s housing.
Amend MM35 as expressed in red below:
Policy LP06 – Mix and type of composition of Housing and Older Person’s, Supported and Special
Needs Housing
1. Proposals for older person’s, supported and special needs housing will be supported where they:
a. Are located within a settlement boundary and where there is good access to services and facilities,
especially health services and public transport;
b. Have access to open space designed to meet the needs of residents;
c. Have a high quality of design that meets the specific needs of the intended occupiers and is
sympathetic to the surrounding townscape and/or landscape; and
d. Meet as a minimum, the requirements for accessible and adaptable dwellings under Part M4(2)
of Building Regulations (or any relevant regulation that supersedes and replaces)

Attachments:

Object

Joint Local Plan Main Modifications

Representation ID: 22823

Received: 03/05/2023

Respondent: Mrs Linda Hoggarth

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Representation Summary:

The Mid Suffolk Disability Forum objects to the removal of the wording contained in the original Policy LP06. The modification is limiting and restricts the improving of accessibility to Supported and Special Needs Housing. This does not promote an inclusive and accessible society.

All housing developments should require 50% of the dwellings to meet Part M4(2) of the Building Regulations (or any relevant regulation that supersedes and replaces).

All housing developments should include a percentage of bungalows.

This is in order to assist people who develop mobility difficulties, or who wish to downsize.

People who become disabled or who require different housing will continue to be overlooked in housing developments just as they are currently without such requirements.

It is limiting to only include these requirements in a renamed Policy entitled Supported and Special Needs Housing which developers will not consider to take account of when planning housing developments. Developers will simply say they are developing housing for general housing needs and housing stock will continue to exclude anyone with mobility difficulties.

Change suggested by respondent:

All housing developments should require 50% of the dwellings to meet Part M4(2) of the Building Regulations (or any relevant regulation that supersedes and replaces).

All housing developments should include a percentage of bungalows.

This is in order to assist people who develop mobility difficulties, or who wish to downsize.

People who become disabled or who require different housing will continue to be overlooked in housing developments just as they are currently without such requirements.

Full text:

The Mid Suffolk Disability Forum objects to the removal of the wording contained in the original Policy LP06. The modification is limiting and restricts the improving of accessibility to Supported and Special Needs Housing. This does not promote an inclusive and accessible society.

All housing developments should require 50% of the dwellings to meet Part M4(2) of the Building Regulations (or any relevant regulation that supersedes and replaces).

All housing developments should include a percentage of bungalows.

This is in order to assist people who develop mobility difficulties, or who wish to downsize.

People who become disabled or who require different housing will continue to be overlooked in housing developments just as they are currently without such requirements.

It is limiting to only include these requirements in a renamed Policy entitled Supported and Special Needs Housing which developers will not consider to take account of when planning housing developments. Developers will simply say they are developing housing for general housing needs and housing stock will continue to exclude anyone with mobility difficulties.