Local Plan Part 2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Chapter 1: Introduction

Local Plan Part 2:

Site Allocations and

Development Management Policies

Preferred Options Consultation

25 May - 9 July 2018

Chapter 1: Introduction

Introduction

1.1  Local Plan Part 2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies will form the second stage of Waverley's new Local Plan. Together with Local Plan Part 1: Strategic Policies and Sites, this document will replace the current Local Plan (2002).

1.2  Local Plan Part 1 sets out the Council's vision and strategic objectives for future development in the Borough over the period 2013-2032, specifies the overall spatial strategy for growth in the Borough and allocates nine strategic sites. Local Plan Part 1 was adopted by the Council on 20 February 2018. To understand the strategic context established by this document, please view the adopted version of Local Plan Part 1.

1.3  Local Plan Part 2 will provide the more detailed 'Development Management' policies, review a suite of local designations and will allocate sites for housing and other uses in certain areas of the Borough. Local Plan Part 2 must be consistent with LPP1 and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Plan must contribute to achieving sustainable development and to be positively prepared. Policy SP1 in Local Plan Part 1 establishes the Council's presumption in favour of sustainable development which states that planning applications that accord with the policies in the Local Plan (and, where relevant, with policies in Neighbourhood Plans) will be approved without delay, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

1.4  As Local Plan Part 2 follows from the strategic direction set by Part 1, which is now adopted, the Council can progress this second part of the Plan to Preferred Options stage.

1.5  Local Plan Parts 1 and 2, together with any adopted Neighbourhood Plans, will constitute the statutory Development Plan for the Borough against which planning applications will be assessed. It is important that the Development Plan is read as a whole. All relevant policies in Local Plan Part 1 and Local Plan Part 2, when adopted, and any made Neighbourhood Plans, will be taken into account in determining planning applications, along with other material considerations.

1.6  While the supporting text of this document may refer to relevant policies elsewhere, the policies do not list or cross-reference to all other policies that may be relevant.

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1. At the issues and options stage, Local Plan Part 2 was called ‘Non Strategic Policies and Sites’ but the document has been renamed to ‘Site Allocations and Development Management Policies’ to include the potential for sites for over 100 homes (‘strategic sites’) to be allocated within it. [back]

Timetable for Local Plan Part 2

1.7  The timetable for Local Plan Part 2 comprises the following stages and provisional key dates:

Date

Local Plan Part 2 Stage

November 2016 to July 2017

Early engagement; issues and options consultation

July 2017-February 2018

Reviewing consultation responses, engaging with stakeholders, conducting site visits, developing preferred options.

May - July 2018

Consultation on Preferred Options

July- September 2018

Reviewing responses and developing pre-submission plan

October- December 2018

Six week 'Pre-submission' consultation

February 2019

Submission

Late 2019

Anticipated Adoption

 

Preferred Options

1.8 The publication of this Preferred Options for Local Plan Part 2 consultation document is published for consultation under Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. It represents the second key stage in the development of Local Plan Part 2 and follows on from the Issues and Options document that was published for public consultation in 2017.

1.9 The consultation document and the preferred options contained within are the result of a review of the 620 responses, extensive consultation with stakeholders, technical analysis and a number of assessments. It is intended to provoke debate and discussion between the Borough Council, members of the public, town and parish councils, local businesses and other key stakeholders in order that the Plan can be shaped, prior to its next stage of preparation.

1.10 The document is divided into the five main chapters that will be reflected in the final document. Within each chapter there is a number of topics and associated policies or maps. Policies within this document are named using the prefix of 'DM' to indicate that they are a 'development management' policy used to determine applications and to differentiate from the nomenclature used in Local Plan Part 1. Table 2 lists the chapters alongside a proposed list of policies. Development Sites are named using the prefix 'DS'.

Table 2: Chapters and content for Local Plan Part 2

Plan chapter

Policy areas

Chapter 2: General Policies

Policies relevant to all types of development within the Borough;

  • Environmental Implications of Development
  • Design
  • Safeguarding Amenity
  • Public Realm
  • Safer Places
  • Comprehensive Development
  • Accessibility, parking and transport
  • Trees, woodland, hedgerows and landscaping
  • Local Plan Enforcement Plan

Chapter 3: Location of Development

  • Settlement boundaries
  • Development within the Green Belt
  • Development within Rural Areas
  • Rural workers' dwellings

Chapter 4: Housing

  • Delivering New Housing in Godalming
  • Delivering New Housing in Haslemere
  • Delivering New Housing in Elstead
  • Delivering New Housing in Milford and Witley
  • Reuse and alterations of large buildings
  • Self-build and Custom Housebuilding plots
  • Accommodation for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople

Chapter 5: Protecting Place

Local Landscape Areas

  • Hillside Areas
  • Areas of Strategic Visual Importance (ASVIs)
  • Farnham/Aldershot Strategic Gap

Local Green Space

Heritage Assets

  • Listed Buildings
  • Conservation Areas
  • Heritage at risk
  • Non-designated Heritage Assets
  • Historic Landscapes and Gardens
  • Archaeology

Chapter 6: Economic Prosperity

Employment sites

Town Centres and Local Centres

Advertisements

Telecommunications

Filming

Tourism and Recreation

Access to the Countryside

 

1.11  Please see the section headed 'Have your say' to find out how to respond to this consultation. The responses made at this stage will inform the Pre-Submission Version of Local Plan Part 2 planned for consultation in Autumn 2018.

 

Evidence base

1.12  As with Local Plan Part 1, Local Plan Part 2 must be underpinned by robust evidence. The preparation of this consultation document has drawn on a wide range of evidence documents including:

1.13  Please see the Council’s website for more evidence documents related to the Local Plan.

 1.14  A number of topic papers have been produced to support this consultation. They provide further detailed background and technical evidence behind the Preferred Options, and are referenced in the text. Topic papers have been produced on the following areas:

1.15  Relevant national policy and guidance are contained within:

  • National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (2012)
  • Planning Practice Guidance (PPG)
  • Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) (2015)

1.16  As of early March 2018, the Government is consulting on a new National Planning Policy Framework.  This is a consultation at this stage and therefore this Preferred Options document refers to the current NPPF document.  The Government proposes to adopt the new NPPF later this year and there are transitional arrangements for the examination of Local Plans submitted up to six months after its adoption.

Sustainability Appraisal

1.17  A Sustainability Appraisal (SA) has been carried out as part of preparing Local Plan Part 2. This is a process to ensure local plan policies and proposals for site allocations are consistent with the aims of sustainable development. A SA must incorporate the requirements of the European Directive on Strategic Environmental Assessments (2001).

 1.18  Reasonable alternatives for sites and policies considered for inclusion in Local Plan Part 2 have been appraised against a defined set of SA objectives. The results of this appraisal are contained within the interim SA report, which is part of this consultation.

Habitats Regulations Assessment

1.19  The Council must assess the plan for effects on sites designated under the Habitats Regulations (1994 as amended) as European Sites (including Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas). This is termed a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA). 

1.20  The strategic assessment of the level of growth in the Borough has been considered as part of the preparation of Local Plan Part 1. However, as Local Plan Part 2 deals with some site allocations, a further HRA has been completed. 

1.21  An HRA report on the preferred sites and policies has been produced for this consultation.

Equalities Impact Assessment

1.22  An Equalities Impact Assessment has been completed for Local Plan Part 2. It evaluated the potential impact of this part of the forward planning strategy on Waverley’s residents and staff, and in particular the protected characteristic groups.

 1.23  The assessment concluded a neutral effect on the majority of protected characteristic groups, and a positive effect on the Gypsy and Traveller community given that part of the function of Local Plan Part 2 is to allocate sufficient sites to meet the housing needs of this group to 2032. Positive effects were also predicted for a wide range of disability types given the proposed requirements on planning applications to address certain needs. The assessment also predicted positive effects for older people and the younger generation given the inclusion of policies to enhance the vitality and viability of town centres which support these groups to reach essential services.

Duty to Cooperate

1.24  Whilst progressing through the process of producing Local Plan Part 2, it is necessary to ensure compliance with the statutory Duty to Cooperate.

1.25  The Duty requires the Council to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis on planning matters that impact more than one local planning area.

1.26  As part of reaching this stage of Local Plan Part 2, discussions have been held with many Duty to Co-operate Bodies, including the two Clinical Commissioning Groups operating in Waverley, neighbouring Local Planning Authorities particularly on the Traveller Accommodation Assessment, Surrey County Council Public Health Officials, Transport Planners and Minerals Planners.

Neighbourhood Planning

1.27  In accordance with the provisions of the Localism Act 2011, Neighbourhood Planning allows Town and Parish Councils to shape new development within their area through the production of Neighbourhood Plans.

 1.28  In Waverley, a number of parishes have approved Neighbourhood Plan boundaries. These are presented in the table below.

Table 3: Parishes in Waverley designated as a Neighbourhood Plan area    

Alfold

Bramley

Busbridge

Chiddingfold

Cranleigh

Dunsfold

Elstead and Weyburn

Ewhurst and Ellens Green

Farnham

Godalming and Farncombe

Hascombe

Haslemere

Witley

               

1.29  Since the Issues and Options consultation in 2017, Farnham's Neighbourhood Plan has been 'made' i.e. adopted and forms part of the Development Plan for the area. It is now used to help determine planning applications. An additional development relevant to Local Plan Part 2 is that Dunsfold is now a designated Neighbourhood Plan area and the Parish Council has confirmed that it wishes to allocate sites for housing in the Plan. Therefore, despite the Council consulting on sites for Dunsfold in the earlier Issues and Options consultation, this Preferred Options consultation document does not include suggested sites for this settlement.

1.30  No other Neighbourhood Planning group has submitted a draft Neighbourhood Plan for its area to the Council, but most are actively working on their preparation, approaching the first formal public consultation stage. Busbridge and Hascombe Parish Councils have confirmed to the Council that their plans were on hold awaiting the adoption on Local Plan Part 1. The Council has not received confirmation of their intention to restart work.

1.31  Neighbourhood Plan policies can cover a variety of planning policy areas addressing issues at the local level. Some of the groups have chosen to address matters that would otherwise be included in a Local Plan, for example, reviewing a settlement boundary or town centre boundary. In some cases, groups have chosen to allocate sites for housing and other uses, where Local Plan Part 1 has suggested that they are suitable locations for development. These parishes are Alfold, Bramley, Chiddingfold, Cranleigh, Dunsfold, and Ewhurst and Ellens Green. Farnham's Neighbourhood Plan included allocation of sites for housing and employment. A partial review of the Neighbourhood Plan is planned for 2018 in order to address the uplift in the housing requirement in Farnham arising from the Examination of Local Plan Part 1. Local Plan Part 2 will not include housing allocations in Farnham.

1.32  As is further explained in the Housing chapter (Chapter 4), Local Plan Part 2 will not be allocating sites in these parishes listed above. For information on site allocations in these areas, residents and businesses should speak directly to the Parish Councils. The one exception to this is that allocations for Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation for the whole Borough will be included within Local Plan Part 2.

 

Have your say

1.33  We would like to receive your views on the Preferred Options consultation document. All comments received will be reviewed alongside all available technical evidence to help in deciding the final set of policies and site allocations to include in LPP2.

 1.34  The consultation period runs for six weeks from Friday 25th May to Monday 9th July 2018 and all comments should be received by 11.59pm on 9th July 2018.

                                                                                                                                                 

How to comment

  • Comment online via our Consultation Portal.
  • By email to planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk
  • By post to LPP2, Planning Policy, Planning Services, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR.

1.35  The document can be viewed in hard copy at Waverley Borough Council offices, The Burys, Godalming and at locality offices and public libraries within the Borough, and can be downloaded from the Council’s website.

Privacy Notice

1.36  Waverley Borough Council is committed to protecting your privacy when you use our services. The information that you provide as part of this consultation will be held by the Council and will only be accessed by authorised Council employees. We will only use the information for the purpose of contacting you regarding;

  • Updates on Local Plan stages including consultations, invitation to consultation events, submission, examination and adoption
  • Updates and stages of CIL adoption
  • Providing information on planning policy news, events, activities and services
  • Other Planning consultations
  • Research on your opinions on current services or potential new services.

1.37  The information submitted will be analysed and the Council will consider the issues raised. The responses cannot be treated as confidential and apart from personal data (addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers) the name of the respondent and the comment will be made public.

1.38  This information will be maintained on a secure consultation database administrated by Waverley Borough Council Planning Service and managed by a third party. Your information will be shared with third party who provides the consultation database. The Council has a formal contract with this data processor which helps the Council manage a consultation database. They have access to view your personal data but will not process the data in any way.

1.39  In addition, your information may be shared with the independent examiner appointed to examine the Local Plan. We share this information in order to ensure that the views of the respondents feed into the examination of the Local Plan. Your information will not be used for any other Council purpose, unless we have your consent, or this is provided by law.

1.40  Your personal data will be retained whilst direct communications with this group is required but will be reviewed periodically in order to maintain an up to date contact list. You may have your details removed at any time from this database by contacting planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk.

 

How can I access the information you hold about me?

1.41  By making a Subject Access Request (SAR) online  or  via an email on foi@waverley.gov.uk or writing to the Data Protection Officer, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1HR.

How can I complain?

1.42  You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office if you believe that your data is being held or used contrary to your consent.

Further Processing

1.43  If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek you prior consent to the new processing.

 

Contact Details

1.44  To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the Planning Policy Manager at Waverley Borough Council, Planning Service, The Burys, Godalming Surrey GU8 5TE or telephone 01483 523291.

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