Community Consultation Event – 24th January 2015
If you were not able to drop in on Saturday 24/01/15 to see the results of the Sustainability Assessment for the sites submitted by landowners under the Neighbourhood Plan, you can view the documents presented at this event and leave your views / comments at the bottom of the NP Consultation Events page.
Which sites do you think are suitable for housing and other development? What do you think? Why do you think a site is suitable (or not) for development and how will it (or won’t it) contribute towards achieving the updated Objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan.
Site Sustainability Assessment – Site specific results of the sustainability assessment for all sites can be viewed here.
Neighbourhood Plan Sustainability Assessment (Posted 03/12/14)
In order to have control over where growth should be located, the Neighbourhood Plan needs to allocate sites for development. A call for land was made between 15th October and 30th November 2014.
Sites that have been put forward by landowners need be able to deliver the objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan which have previously been endorsed by the community.
The Neighbourhood Plan cannot simply allocate the most popular sites for development. Sites have to be ‘sustainable’ if their allocation is to be justified and in order to do this we have produced a sustainability assessment to look at the key criteria that are used to determine sustainability. Ultimately, the sites that go into the draft Neighbourhood Plan will need to be demonstrably sustainable but will also have to reflect the views of the community.
The Sustainability Assessment criteria (Site selection criteria) which will be applied are detailed in this document and we would welcome your feedback.
Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan – Call for Sites (Posted 15/10/14)
As part of the Neighbourhood Plan, it is important for us to make site allocations for development in the parish of Horsted Keynes in order to address local needs. This therefore is a call to all landowners in the parish, large and small, who have an interest in promoting their land for development.
If you are a landowner and wish your land to be considered for allocation in the Neighbourhood Plan, we are primarily looking for sites for a mix of affordable social housing and open market residential use. However, if you have aspirations for alternative uses then we would also like to hear from you. In particular, we would welcome details of land that you may wish to see taken forward to provide wider community benefit. For example, this could be as space for children’s play areas, an allotment, or an area to be planted for purposes such as community woodland.
If you have potential sites that are either:
- within or directly adjacent to the existing curtilage of the Village, or
- directly adjacent to an existing cluster of buildings outside the curtilage
then please could you provide us with the following details:
- A clear statement of which types of development you wish your land to be considered for, e.g. residential, business, etc.
- The area of the land in hectares.
- A plan which clearly shows the extent of the land that you wish to be considered.
- An understanding of how the site would be accessed by vehicle and opportunities for linking it with existing drainage, footpath, pavement and cycle routes.
Why is it important that you submit your sites as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process?
The answer is that an allocation in the finalised Plan will establish the principle of development of the land in question for that particular use (subject to normal planning requirements). Without an allocation in the approved Plan it is unlikely that planning approval for development will be granted.
Equally, however, it is important that the sites which are allocated contribute towards achieving the vision and objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan, as set by the community. At present we have an early working draft of the vision for Horsted Keynes, based on the initial engagement we have undertaken with the community. A copy of the draft vision can be found on the attached page. This is a draft vision to be shaped by the community and so is subject to change. However, it gives a useful understanding as to the types of issues that the Plan – and its site allocations – will be looking to address.
We require all submissions to be made in writing including all information requested in this letter by 30th November 2014. Submissions must be made to:The Parish Clerk Horsted Keynes Parish Council Rear of the Village Hall The Green Horsted Keynes RH17 7AP
On behalf of
HORSTED KEYNES NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN STEERING GROUP