LPP2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Housing Sites in Milford and Witley

7.17  The minimum housing target for the parish of Witley (including Milford) is 480, as set in Local Plan Part 1. As of 1st April 2020, there have been 64 completions within Witley parish. There are also 213 outstanding permissions. This totals 277 committed dwellings for Witley, meaning that there is an outstanding requirement to allocate a minimum of 203 dwellings through Local Plan Part 2.

7.18  The settlements of Witley and Milford are inset within the Green Belt, and the northern and western parts of the Parish are within the AONB. Parts of the villages are also in close proximity to Wealden Heaths Phase I SPA and SAC. There are limited opportunities to accommodate additional development on previously developed land, and as such land is proposed to be removed from the Green Belt. The principle of amending the Green Belt and settlement boundaries for Milford and Witley to accommodate the planned level of growth was identified in Local Plan Part 1. The sites proposed for allocation are all currently within or partly within the Green Belt and the detailed adjustments to the settlement and Green Belt boundaries for Milford and Witley as a result of these allocations are detailed in Chapter 3: Location of Development.

7.19  For sites that lie between 400m and 5km of the Wealden Heaths SPA, a project-level HRA may be required for sites to ensure there would be no likely significant impacts on the SPA, in accordance with Local Plan Part 1 Policy NE1.

7.20  The proposed housing allocations for Milford and Witley are set out in Policies DS12-DS14. These sites are anticipated to deliver 204 additional dwellings, against an outstanding requirement of 203.

Development Sites in Witley

DS 12 – Land at Highcroft, Milford – 7 additional dwellings

DS 13 – Land at Wheeler Street Nurseries, Witley – 20 dwellings

DS 14 – Land at Secretts, Hurst Farm, Milford – equivalent to 177 dwellings

Map 45: Proposed housing allocations in Witley
Witley Overview2

DS 12: Land at Highcroft, Milford

Land at Highcroft, as identified on the Policies Map, is allocated for approximately 7 additional dwellings, subject to:

a)    The retention or enhancement of a mature tree belt on the southern boundary of the site.

b)   The demonstration that development will not have a likely significant effect on protected habitats sites.

Size

0.9ha

Existing use

Housing

LAA ID

467

Approximate density

35dph

Key Constraints:

•       Wealden Heaths I Special Protection Area 1 Km zone

•       Wealden Heaths I Special Area of Conservation 2km zone

•       Source Protection Zone 2

Description:

This site in Milford has previously been developed for retirement housing and can accommodate a limited level of additional development.

 DS22 Land at Highcroft, Milford

DS 13: Land at Wheeler Street Nurseries, Witley

Land at Wheeler Street Nurseries as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for at 20 dwellings, subject to:

a)    The demonstration that development will not have a likely significant effect on protected habitats sites.

Size

1.3ha

Existing use

Plant nursery

LAA ID

368 & 1122

Approximate density

30dph

Key Constraints:

•       Wealden Heaths I Special Protection Area 1 Km zone

•       Wealden Heaths I Special Area of Conservation 2km zone

Description:

The site is located to the north of the ribbon development that runs along Wheeler Lane from which it takes its access. It is presently occupied by a former plant nursery, a residential bungalow and an area of open storage/parking. The southern part of the site received planning permission for 18 dwellings in January 2019. This allocation proposes to redevelop the remaining northern section of the site. The site is bounded by woodland and residential properties. At least 5% of plots should be offered for Custom and Self-Build in accordance with Policy DM36.

 Wheeler Street LAA1122

DS 14: Land at Secretts, Hurst Farm, Milford

Land at Secretts, Hurst Farm, Milford as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for 177 dwellings, alongside the provision of associated facilities including: the relocation of the existing farm shop and all other existing retail businesses, the creation of a new local centre for the village of Milford, the provision of a rural business centre, and the creation of new sports pitch facilities. The allocation of the Land at Secretts for a residential led mixed-use development is subject to the following:

a)    A holistic and integrated scheme for the whole site that maximises connectivity and delivers the necessary infrastructure and direct access into Milford village centre.

b)   The safeguarding and enhancement of the setting of the adjoining heritage assets, including the Milford Conservation Area and Grade II listed buildings.

c)    The protection and enhancement of existing trees, hedgerows and ponds which makes an important contribution to the character of the local area; including, the retention and enhancement of a mature tree belt on the north-eastern boundary of the site.

d)   The provision of an appropriate landscape buffer including trees and hedgerows on north-western boundary of the site.

e)    The achievement of satisfactory detailed access arrangements to the development from Chapel Lane/Portsmouth Road and the A3100 Portsmouth Road.

f)     The provision of sustainable transport measures which may include on-site and off and off-site pedestrian crossing improvements, footways and cycle ways.

g)   The provision of publically accessible open space as part of the development.

h)   The demonstration that development will not have a likely significant effect on protected habitats sites, specifically including the provision of SANG or other mitigation measured deemed appropriate to avoid significant impact to the Wealden Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA). The undertaking of an independent design review throughout the planning process at pre-application, post submission and for any subsequent phase.  The process needs to be agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority, and representatives from the Local Planning Authority must be included within any design review process.

Consideration should be given to completing a Development Plan Document for the site, this will cover all aspects but will ensure that the development provides the benefits to the wider community, including a new village focus and high quality sustainable development. The new development will incorporate a significant amount of public realm that will re-imagine the village centre of Milford.  This will be a high quality space which will be pedestrian focused, provide key outside meeting spaces, reduce the prominence of the car and aid in the reduction of vehicle speeds along Portsmouth Road.

Size

13ha

Existing use

Mixed

LAA ID

923

Approximate density

15dph

Key Constraints:

•       Green Belt

•       Wealden Heaths I Special Area of Conservation 2km zone

•       Wealden Heaths I Special Protection Area 5 Km zone

Description:

The site is an extensive piece of land adjoining the existing settlement of Milford and the site is current in a mixture of uses and contains a number of buildings, structures and hardstanding areas. It is considered that an extensive redevelopment of the site could provide a residential led mixed-use development.

 Secretts new boundary2