Laxfield

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Object

BMSDC Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (interactive)

Representation ID: 17934

Received: 30/09/2019

Respondent: Ms Debbie Martindale

Representation:

I feel very strongly that the redrafting of the settlement boundary to include what is predominantly agricultural land on the outer edge of the village is contrary to a number of the policies set out in this document, and would be detrimental to the existing settlement and to Laxfield's community as a whole. The proposed redrafted settlement boundary includes areas which are unsuitable for new settlement.

Full text:

I feel very strongly that the redrafting of the settlement boundary to include what is predominantly agricultural land on the outer edge of the village is contrary to a number of the policies set out in this document, and would be detrimental to the existing settlement and to Laxfield's community as a whole. The proposed redrafted settlement boundary includes areas which are unsuitable for new settlement.

Object

BMSDC Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (interactive)

Representation ID: 17946

Received: 30/09/2019

Respondent: Ms Jackie Matthews

Representation:

I feel very strongly that the redrafting of the settlement boundary to include what is predominantly agricultural land on the outer edge of the village is contrary to a number of the policies set out in this document, and would be detrimental to the existing settlement and to Laxfield's community as a whole. The proposed redrafted settlement boundary includes areas which are unsuitable for new settlement.

Full text:

I feel very strongly that the redrafting of the settlement boundary to include what is predominantly agricultural land on the outer edge of the village is contrary to a number of the policies set out in this document, and would be detrimental to the existing settlement and to Laxfield's community as a whole. The proposed redrafted settlement boundary includes areas which are unsuitable for new settlement.

Comment

BMSDC Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (interactive)

Representation ID: 18063

Received: 27/09/2019

Respondent: Fleur Homes

Agent: EJW Planning Limited

Representation:

Land to the south of Framlingham Road is included with the settlement boundary but not identified for development. The land to the south of Framlingham Road is well related to the village and would provide for a logical extension of housing development.

It is identified in Policy SP03 as a Hinterland Village where development within is settlement boundaries is permitted. However, under this policy there no land is allocated for housing development.

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Please see attached consultation response

Object

BMSDC Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (interactive)

Representation ID: 18118

Received: 30/09/2019

Respondent: Laxfield Parish Council

Representation:

We do not agree with the revision of the settlement boundary as shown in the consultation document. We believe that the settlement boundary should not be extended unless the Parish of Laxfield is allow to determine its own settlement boundary through the Neighbourhood Plan process. Extending the settlement boundary would inevitably lead to further open-market development which would create unacceptable and unsustainable cumulative impact on the existing community.

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This map shows settlement boundaries which have been revised to include areas of land which are currently not considered suitable for development, being outside the settlement boundary, and an area where council housing was built decades ago. We feel very strongly that the redrafting of the settlement boundary - and particularly extending it to include agricultural land on the edge of the village - is contrary to a number of the policies set out in this document, and would be detrimental to the existing settlement and to the Laxfield community as a whole.

For example, Policy LP01 para 3 states that: “Proposals which would consolidate sporadic or ribbon development or the infilling of large gaps or extending edges will be resisted. The cumulative impact of proposals will be a major consideration as development should be proportionate to the location and context, having regard to the level of local infrastructure provision”. The proposed revision of the settlement boundary to encompass an area of agricultural land on Framlingham Road would extend the edge of the village into the open countryside; residents have already expressed their concern regarding a planning application which has been submitted for this site. It should perhaps be noted that the surrounding rural environment includes known Plateau Farmlands and Ancient Rolling Farmlands, with important landscape and setting qualities, and the settlement also lies within the RAMS 13km zone of influence.

As we understand it, the Joint Local Plan sets the housing contribution required of Laxfield at 65 dwellings; permissions that had not been completed at 1 April 2018 are to be deducted from this figure. In addition, any new permissions granted since 1 April 2018 are also to be deducted. The attached list (at Appendix A) identifies what we believe to be the situation regarding planning permissions that meet these criteria, which means that at least 50 dwellings have already been permitted since the qualifying dates.

This list does not include recent applications which have not yet been determined, which would add a minimum of 24 dwellings which are likely to be granted permission (being located immediately adjacent to developments on this list which have already been constructed) as well as several others which are applications for one-off houses.

Laxfield had around 454 homes at the beginning of the Plan period, and therefore 50 additional homes represents a substantial rate of growth since 1st April 2018. With the likely addition of approximately 30 more dwellings in the near future, this creates very significant cumulative impacts on a small village which is already suffering from a distinct lack of services, facilities and infrastructure: there is, for example, no doctor’s surgery, there is almost no public transport provision, and there are no cycle paths providing safe opportunities for active travel.

Laxfield is being reclassified as a hinterland village in the emerging Joint Local Plan, and is therefore evidently considered less sustainable than other settlements in Mid Suffolk. We strongly agree that further open market development would not be sustainable here, although we do support targeted affordable/low-cost development to ensure that we are able to encourage a balanced population in terms of age and economic activity.

We have recently commissioned a Housing Needs Assessment for Laxfield, as part of the evidence base for our Neighbourhood Plan. This assessment identifies a real need for affordable housing in the parish, and we are in the process of establishing a Community Land Trust as a separate legal entity to provide development specifically to meet the identified needs of our community. Affordable housing should, in our view, be the primary focus for any further development taking place in Laxfield over the next 18 years.

We therefore believe that Laxfield should not be required to provide additional open market housing beyond that which has already been granted permission, or is currently awaiting determination. That development, in addition to housing provided through the Community Land Trust as well as ‘windfall’ development over the Plan period, will mean that we have more than fulfilled our contribution to the District’s housing requirement.

We have undertaken further consultation with Laxfield residents regarding the Joint Local Plan and the proposals to revise the settlement boundary. Without exception, parish residents have expressed great concern that further open market development would be detrimental to the village, but at the same time there is a clear recognition that the parish does need development to meet very specific needs which have been identified and are set out in our Neighbourhood Plan. We therefore strongly urge the District Council to allow Laxfield to determine its own settlement boundary through the Neighbourhood Plan process which is under way at the moment.

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Object

BMSDC Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (interactive)

Representation ID: 18119

Received: 30/09/2019

Respondent: Mr david alchin

Representation:

I object to redefinition of the boundary of the built up area.

Full text:

I object to redefinition of the boundary of the built up area.