VALP Main Modifications
Representation ID: 2972
Respondent: Crevichon Properties Ltd
Agent: Delta Planning
Legally compliant? Yes
We support the Proposed Modifications which reallocates site WIN020 for elderly accommodation under new Policy H6b and reduces housing numbers on site WIN001, but would consequently ask the Council and the Inspector to reallocate site WIN003 from employment use to residential use to help towards meeting the District's housing needs.
Inclusion of WIN003 land south of Buckingham Road, Winslow as a residential site.
We object to new Policy D2 ' Delivering site allocations in the rest of the district' on the basis that site WIN003 Land south of Buckingham Road is not included within the list of residential allocations. WIN003 should be allocated for residential development for the following reasons:
- Contribution to District Housing Needs - The VALP initially proposed to identify land within Winslow for some 585 additional homes, all within one site outside the existing settlement boundary situated at land east of B4033, Great Horwood Road (WIN001). The proposed main modifications seek to reduce this allocation to only 315 additional homes. This is to reflect the capacity the site offers. WIN001 has recently been the subject of an outline planning application for 120 dwellings at Old Brickyard Farm, Great Horwood Road submitted by Land and Partners. Gladman has also submitted two separate outline applications for the reminder of the site for 215/235 houses respectively. The latter application for 235 homes is currently being appealed against non-determination. Given the above, it has become clear that the site capacity (if approved) is much lower than originally thought. Given Winslow is identified as one of the strategic settlements, it is considered that another site should be allocated to make up the shortfall.
- The location of WIN003 is highly sustainable within easy walking distance of Winslow Town Centre and adjacent to a school and proposed new station. Government policy seeks to encourage high density residential development in sustainable locations such as transport hubs.
- Residential use of the subject site is more compatible with other uses namely the school and station.
- The site offers the ability to provide a mix of dwelling types and tenures including a high proportion of affordable/starter homes.
- The land is already an identified development plot (and has been so for 15 years) and is fully serviced and available.
- There is no shortage of employment land in the District. Paragraph 3.13 of the Draft VALP states that the Council currently has an oversupply of over 100ha of employment land. Indeed, Government policy strongly encourages Council's to reallocate land where it is not likely to come forward for its allocated use. Further evidence of the lack of need for employment land in Winslow is demonstrated by the reallocation of WIN020 from employment to housing for the elderly.
- The site has been substantially marketed for 10 years without any success.
- The site has no technical or environmental constraints that would prevent residential development.
In light of the above, we support the Proposed Modifications which reallocates site WIN020 for elderly accommodation under new Policy H6b and reduces housing numbers on site WIN001, but would consequently ask the Council and the Inspector to reallocate site WIN003 from employment use to residential use to help towards meeting the District's housing needs.