Neighbourhood Plan (NP): an update September 2018

A meeting of the NP Forum took place a week ago. Much work has been done, including a Landscape Character Assessment, commissioned by the Parish Council, to provide further evidence to back up the landscape policies and local green space designations. The Plan, including all the responses following the consultation exercise in August, will, all going well, be sent to Bradford Council in the next 4 weeks.
Bradford Council will then carry out a further period of consultation, and appoint an inspector to examine the Plan with the intention of achieving a Village referendum in May next year. Following the referendum, it is the Parish Council’s intention to start a review of the Plan immediately to incorporate housing site allocations. In the meantime work on the viability of the preferred options for housing will continue while the formal stages of approving the current draft Plan proceed.  This work and associated costs are to be assessed at the next meeting of the Forum. 

Motel Site planning appeal comment August 2018

 

                                                                                                                       Nicholas Patch

Room 3D

Planning Inspectorate

Temple Quay House

2 The Square

Temple Quay

Bristol BS1 6PN

14thAugust 2018

 

Dear MrPatch

PLANNING APPEAL Ref No 3201558

Re PlanningAppeal against a decision for residential development

 

I am writing to oppose the above appealon behalf of Addingham Civic Society (ACS),whichhas 400 local members. This is consistent with ACS’s original objection to the initial planning application,dated 8th November 2017.

 

Addingham is in the process of developing a Neighbourhood Plan which has reached the Regulation 14 Consultation stage. Bradford Council’s Core Strategy requires the village to accommodate 200 houses by 2030. A Forum was established by Addingham Parish Council made up primarily of councillors and members of ACS to address the matter. Brownfield sites were high on the list and the motel site was considered a prime candidate, particularly as it already had planning consent for a motel. Back in 2016 the whole site was therefore promoted in an early draft of the Plan with a potential for up to 20 houses.

 

However, following discussions with Bradford, the site had to be withdrawn owing to its Green Belt designation. More recently the Parish Council has opted not to include “housing allocations” in its Draft Plan but the motel site is still viewed as an important site once the Green Belt has been reviewed. ACS would therefore like to see the current appeal dismissed and the applicant engage in discussions with both Bradford and the Forum to get the site removed from Green Belt in the forthcoming review. This would then provide an opportunity to maximise the site’s potential in terms of the number of houses, their design and layout which need to be commensurate with the character ofAddingham.

 

Yours faithfully

Malcolm R Keeble

Vice-Chairman

Addingham Civic Society

Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Briefing Note

Each month the Society has been keeping you abreast of progress with regard to the Village’s Neighbourhood Plan (NP) via your Monthly Newsletter. Recently there have been important developments with regard to the Plan and the Society needs to bring these and the potential implications to your attention. This note will endeavour to set out the background to these developments and give the facts in an open and unbiased way. Out of necessity it is a lengthy and detailed communication and we do not apologise for that!

The key messages are :-

  • The Neighbourhood Plan is currently out for consultation and comment
  • The Plan HAS CHANGED from the Plan publicised in March / April and on which you may have previously commented
  • Members are encouraged to send comments on the new Plan – deadline 24 August

Addingham Parish Council (PC) is the responsible qualifying body for the Neighbourhood Plan. During the middle of July it distributed a flyer around Addingham stating that the Neighbourhood Plan was going forward without the “Housing Allocation” (i.e. the 3 sites in the village which were considered suitable for new housing).  The flyer stated that itwas intended “……to help protect the policies you support as soon as we can……and bring forward site allocations at a later date”.  It gave no indication of the fundamental difference of opinion within the Forum between the PC members who supported removal of the“Housing Allocation” and the rest of the Forum who did not. Also no mechanism or timescale was given for reinstating “Housing Allocation” into the Plan at a later date.

The background to this Draft NP document is as follows:-

  • An “Advisory Group’ of the Council – the Neighbourhood Plan Forum –was formed to undertake the work on the Plan. The Forum comprises 3 Parish Councillors (including one District Councillor) plus volunteers (representatives of Addingham Civic Society and village residents). The PC has appointed a professional Planning Consultant Michael Wellock as an adviser and to write the document.
  • Work on the NP started in 2015 and it has reached the draft plan stage. Plan topics include environment, housing, green spaces, traffic, heritage and community facilities.
  • Virtually all the technical detail (amounting collectively to hundreds of hours) was done by skilled and highly qualified professional members of the Society serving on the Forum, Michael Wellock, and the Parish Clerk.
  • A key decision taken at the outset was to include Housing Site Allocations in the Plan in order to try to meet the housing requirement of 200 dwellings, allocated for Addingham in Bradford’s Local Plan Core Strategy. In theory this gives the Village a say in where future houses are located.
  • After extensive survey work utilising Bradford Council’s methodology for assessing potential housing sites, 3 sites were identified which the Forum and the Parish Council considered suitable for housing development. These were included in the Draft Plan which was subject to a major public exhibition on the 9th and 10th of March 2018, with the consultation period running to 7th of April. It received overwhelming support from residents for all the policies. Two of the proposed housing sites were very strongly supported. There was also strong support for the third, the Old School Site, although some reservations were expressed about the use of part of the land for housing, mainly regarding access.
  • The Draft Plan was finalised by the Forum prior to adoption by the Parish Council at a meeting following its AGM on 16th However the meeting was informed of the need to speed the passage of the Plan through to a local referendum and adoption in May 2019 and this could only be achieved by removing the Housing Site Allocations Policy from the Plan as it was proving problematic with Bradford. The Plan would then proceed with a “streamlined” version. Justification for this action was unclear and financially based around the potential loss of CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) money which is generated from new developments. A motion to pursue this course of action was approved and ratified at an Extraordinary Meeting on 4th June. Unspecified steps would be taken to reinstate Housing Site Allocations after the adoption of the Plan. It is worth noting that in recent years housing provision in Addingham has proved very contentious and generated high levels of interest and comment.
  • The non-PC members of the Neighbourhood Plan Forum were unaware that the Parish Council planned to remove Housing Site Allocations and two informal meetings of the Forum were held where the PC endeavoured to explain the rationale for its action. The non-PC members were adamant that the NP should be left intact. About this time Bradford finally commented on our Draft NP. They supported most of the policies, but said that further work was required to justify the Housing Site Allocations. The non-PC members of the Forum felt this work could be delivered relatively quickly and need not delayprogress unduly. However the PC felt the process would continue to be delayed by Bradford and decided to proceed with a streamlined version of the Plan.
  • Whilst the Plan retains excellent policies it is the view of the non-PC Forum Representatives, who include members of the Civic Society, that by removing the Housing Site Allocations the Draft Neighbourhood Plan has been weakened and will leave the Village more vulnerable to aggressive developer applications in the short term. By the time the PC embarks on a fresh consultation to reinstate the Housing Site Allocations, post the referendum in May 2019, the exercise will probably be irrelevant. It could take a further year or more, by which time fundamental housing decisions will have been taken.

It should also be noted that:

 

  1. There are other policies in the plan, which were strongly supported by Village residents in the March consultation and they remain, with only minor changes. The proposals for Local Green Space designation, which give a strong level of protection, for instance, are unaltered.
  2. The PC as the body responsible for the NP is of course perfectly entitled to proceed as indicated.

 

As stated above the Revised Draft Neighbourhood Plan is currently in a further 6 week statutory Regulation 14 Consultation Period ending on 24th August. The document can be viewed on the Council’s website http://www.addingham-pc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Addingham-Reg-14-Draft-Neighbourhood-Plan.pdf

The website also details places in the village where paper copies of the document have been deposited.  These are: The Memorial Hall, Community Library, Medical Centre, Rowlands Pharmacy (by the Medical Centre), Civic Society Telephone kiosk on Church St., Co-op, Post Office. Anyone wishing to comment is asked to use the response form, which can be found on the Parish Council website and also attached to this note. Respondents are asked whether they support/object or wish to comment on specific policies.

We would strongly urge Members to take the opportunity to comment on a fundamentally different plan to that presented at the 9th of  March Informal Consultation (Open Event)at the Memorial Hall.

 

How to comment on the Plan

  • Read the plan document (!) (available as indicated above)
  • Print off the Response Form attached to your email (as many copies as you need), write up your comments, and deliver the form(s) to the Old School building
  • You can also access the Response Form via the PC’swebsite:

http://www.addingham-pc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Regulation-14-Consultation-Representation-Form-11.07.18.docx

  • Alternatively, save the form to your computer and type in your comments; then either email your form(s) to the Parish Clerk clerk@addingham-pc.co.uk or print them off and deliver them to the Old School
  • Should you have any difficulty printing the response form then you can call into Hadfields Printers on Main Street and pick one (or more) up
  • A separate form is required for each policy you are commenting on. You will need to check the plan document for the policy and page number.  Tick the appropriate box on the form to show if you are supporting, objecting to or commenting on a policy in the Plan; it is also possible to tick more than one box – eg where you want to support and make comments, or object and make comments.

If you require any help in understanding the Plan or advice in making your comments, then please contact Malcolm Keeble via email: malcolmkeeble04@gmail.com

 

 

Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Update July 2018

Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Update
Please bear with us, as this all gets just a little complicated!
At recent meetings, the Parish Council have been considering how to progress the Neighbourhood Plan
given that comments from Bradford Council on the proposed document had still not been received (the
informal consultation period ended on 7 April). It appeared that the Plan’s housing site allocations were
problematic for Bradford, as discussed at the 16 May PC meeting.
An EGM of the Parish Council on 4 June then agreed to produce a streamlined version of the Plan excluding
the housing site allocations. These allocations were three sites which the NP Forum had assessed as being
the best means of delivering the majority of the required number of dwellings allocated for Addingham, whilst
protecting other valued green spaces and the landscape.
At the 20 June PC meeting, it was reported that Bradford’s comments had at last been received, and they
were discussed at the Forum meeting on the 29th of June. These comments would be taken into account
when finalising the streamlined version of the NP.
Society members (and all village residents) should recently have received a hand
delivered leaflet outlining
the Parish Council’s proposals for progressing the Neighbourhood Plan. The Consultation Report and
minutes of PC meetings are of course available on the PC website

Neighbourhood Plan Update May 2018

The consultation period on the Draft Plan ended on the 7th of April and a total of 210 completed response forms were received.  This is a very good response – the planning consultant advising the Parish Council on the Plan has indicated that this is much higher than many areas he has come across.
Every comment has been typed up into a report identifying the level of support for or opposition to each of the 15 policies in the Draft Plan.  The good news is that the responses clearly demonstrate overwhelming support for the Plan.  Not surprisingly, sites proposed for housing development generated particularly strong views.
The report is currently being finalised before being made publicly available, and is sure to be of interest to residents.
The results of the village Business Survey have also been written up into another major report. This contains a wide range of information about the local business community, main issues of concern and ideas for improvements from a business perspective.  The report is available on the Parish Council website www.addingham-pc.gov.uk
Comments on the Draft Plan are still awaited from Bradford Council and these will have to be considered in detail by the Forum in due course.  Hopefully it will be possible to provide an up-date on this in next month’s Newsletter.

Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Forum continues to work on the various Plan topics, particularly assessments of possible housing sites as mentioned in last month’s newsletter, and village Green Spaces, with valuable information received from a fantastic response to the recent Green Space questionnaire. Another questionnaire has been prepared to get the views of local businesses – what issues are they concerned about and what improvements could be included in the Plan to help businesses prosper. There are over 80 business in the village (who knew?!) and their views are crucial. Hopefully the questionnaire will be circulated shortly, and a consultation meeting may also be held if businesses would find this useful.
Returning to housing, the Forum’s method for assessing housing sites has been welcomed and supported by Bradford Council planners, which is encouraging. Also, although a large number of possible housing sites have been identified by Bradford Council, the Forum has been advised by its planning consultant to issue a “Call for Sites” to see if there are any other areas, probably very small sites, which might be suitable and which could help to meet the housing target for the village. This will be published in the local press in the near future and presents an opportunity to provide a general up-date on progress.
In due course all this work will be discussed by the Parish Council with a view to holding a major village meeting – this is likely to be around early Autumn in order to avoid the peak holiday period and to give time to progress outstanding aspects of the Plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Forum Public Consultation

The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Forum  public consultation held at the Memorial Hall on 3rd November attracted in excess of 260 people. Many thanks to a number of ACS members (some stepping in at very short notice!) who helped set up  / dismantle displays and steward the event. It provoked plenty of interest and lively debate. Many response forms were completed and importantly 40 people have offered their time and skills to help produce the Neighbourhood Plan. These ‘volunteers’ were invited to a meeting on the 29th of November in Mount Hermon Chapel at 7.30pm to discuss the NP and how they might be able to help.

Following this meeting and once all the feedback has been analysed the NP Forum will meet to discuss the next steps in the process.

Addingham Neighbourhood Plan Forum

Addingham Parish Council is the qualifying body for preparing a Neighbourhood Plan setting out how residents would like to see the village develop and improve over the next 15 years. The Plan could include matters such as protecting areas of village greenspace,  supporting and encouraging local businesses, where new housing should be located, what new facilities are required, green/sustainability issues and other topics.   addingham-village-view-261016   The Neighbourhood Plan must take account of residents’ views. The Plan is being led by the Parish Council, who have established a Neighbourhood Plan Forum to consult with village residents and businesses in order to identify ideas and proposals for inclusion in the Plan. Current membership of the Forum is listed below. An Information and Consultation Meeting has been arranged where you can learn more about the Neighbourhood Plan process, speak to members of the Forum and give your views and ideas on the future of the village.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN EVENT ****** MEMORIAL HALL ****** THURSDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2016 DROP IN ANY TIME BETWEEN 3.00 pm – 7.30 pm There will be brief presentations giving more information on the Neighbourhood Plan process at 4.30pm and 6.30pm

Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans are a relatively recent introduction in the planning process, designed to give communities a greater say in how their area should change and develop. Plans must be prepared in full consultation with local residents and must take account of the community’s views and aspirations. Neighbourhood Plans are usually put to a local Referendum and if supported by a majority, become part of the statutory planning framework. Neighbourhood Plans must comply with the Local Authority’s approved Local Plan, in our case Bradford Council’s Local Plan Core Strategy, which is expected to be formally adopted some time next year.

Bradford Local Plan

Bradford’s Core Strategy for the District covers a wide range of policies and proposals for new housing development, economic growth, protection of the environment and so on. The document sets out the strategic planning framework for the District’s development between 2013 – 2030. On new housing, Bradford’s plan requires provision for 42,100 new houses across the District by 2030. Most housing is to be located in Bradford City and the larger towns, but a significant amount in other areas including Wharfedale.

The allocation for Addingham is 200 new dwellings over the period to 2030. Bradford’s plan also states that whilst the release of green-belt will be necessary in some parts of Wharfedale to meet the housing requirement, no release of green-belt is required in Addingham to meet the allocated dwelling requirement.

Bradford Local Plan Core Strategy Publication Draft 2014 and Planning Inspector’s report 2016

Bradford’s Core Strategy was recently examined at a public inquiry by an independent Planning Inspector. The Inspector’s report confirms the allocation of 200 dwellings for Addingham and agrees with Bradford Council stating that “sufficient potential land can be identified to meet the proposed apportionment without using Green Belt or sites in flood risk areas”.

Since 2013, around 50 dwellings have been built or are under construction in the village, leaving a remaining requirement for 150 dwellings over the Plan period to 2030. The Bradford Plan states that Addingham is one of the least sustainable settlements in the District, and that “a much slower pace and scale of growth compared to urban areas forms the overall approach for Addingham…….”

The recent event held by a major housebuilder showed one approach to meeting the village housing requirement. However there are alternatives to having one very large housing estate, such as a number of smaller sites in different locations, including brownfield (previously developed) land. There are arguments in favour of both approaches and it is important to get residents’ views. There will be further consultation on housing issues as the Neighbourhood Plan progresses. Of course, new housing development is not the only important issue for the Plan; for example:-

• How important are greenspaces and the landscape settng of the village • Are highways, footpath and parking improvements required • How can Main Street be revitalised and businesses supported • Conservation and Heritage – protection of village character • Are any new facilities required – sports, recreation, community facilities • Capacity of infrastructure – schools, drainage • How can the village become more sustainable

Work on these and other issues which residents feel are important will be progressed over the coming months, in full consultation with the village. See next page for more information on keeping up-to-date with the process and gettng involved

Housing Development

Although the Neighbourhood Plan will cover a range of topics, new housing development is a central issue which will be of concern and interest to many residents. As indicated earlier, sites for around 150 of the 200 dwellings allocated for Addingham need to be found.

Bradford Council is currently preparing an Allocations Development Plan Document for the District, to identify actual housing sites to be developed. Work on this, which included public consultation on potential sites over the summer, is on-going. The Neighbourhood Plan is a major opportunity for residents to contribute to this work and help to influence which sites are developed, the type of housing required and related matters.

The plan below shows sites with potential for housing development, as identified in Bradford Council’s recent Allocations consultation. This includes sites put forward by landowners and developers. Several of the potential housing sites have constraints which would affect their suitability. The identified sites could accommodate many more dwellings than the allocation for the village and the plan does NOT indicate that ALL of these sites are going to be developed.

A key objective of the Addingham Neighbourhood Plan will be to get residents’ views on which sites are most appropriate for new houses – where they can be accommodated without harming village character, settng and environment, taking account of infrastructure capacity and other factors such as sustainability and flood risk. Residents’ views are essential so that these can be considered when drafting up the Neighbourhood Plan.

More information on this will be available at the event on 3rd November and there will be further public consultation over the coming months to identify detailed views and comments on accommodating the dwelling requirement and on all other topics in the Plan.

Addingham Neighbourhood Plan Forum

The Neighbourhood Plan is a Parish Council-led initiative and the Forum has been set up as a working group by the Council. The Forum will manage the process of preparing a draft Plan –  undertaking research and surveys, gathering evidence and ensuring full community engagement and involvement through regular information up-dates and public meetings at various stages of the process. Contributions to a wide range of topics will be required from residents, businesses and village organisations.

The draft Neighbourhood Plan prepared by the Forum, in consultation with residents, must be approved by the Parish Council, after which it is likely to be the subject of a village referendum run by Bradford Council. Based on the current timescale, it is envisaged that the referendum could be held around the end of 2017. Current Forum membership is as follows:-

Addingham Parish Council John Mawson Adrian Naylor Barry Orr Simon Tennant

Addingham Civic Society Jim Robinson

Residents Keith Appleyard Alan Taylor Wes Wilcox Maureen Wood

Clerk: Jane Markham

A Communications Strategy for keeping the village informed and involved in the Neighbourhood Plan is being prepared. This will include up-dates on a number of the village web-sites including the Neighbourhood Plan section of the Parish Council site. Social media will also be used as far as possible. In the meantime, if you require any further information, please contact the Parish Council Clerk Jane Markham at:

clerk@addingham-pc.gov.uk or write to: The Old School Room, Main Street, Addingham LS29 0NS

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Leaflet produced by Addingham Neighbourhood Plan Forum – October 2016

Planning and the Environment.

Last month we asked for any member with experience/interest in Planning matters to contact Malcolm Keeble, with a view to joining our Planning Sub-Group. Malcolm had a great response and the group has now been strengthened. On the back of this response we have also formed a brand new ‘Environmental’ Sub-Group who will be: ‘acting locally to protect and enhance our natural environment’. The new team has a wealth of experience and are looking forward to the challenges ahead ! The Parish Council will be involved and we are delighted to be working with them again on another project. It’s very early days of course but look out for more information.

Civic Society Submissions

Below are the documents submitted by Addingham Civic Society to Bradford MDC reference the Core Strategy Development Plan Document. These documents refer to the proposed Main Modifications to the Bradford MDC Core Strategy Development Plan which can be viewed on the bradford.gov website. To view this site click here to follow the link.

ACS Covering Letter January 2016

Preface

Core Strategy Proposed Modification Representations Form Final Nov2015 Form A

Main Mod MM8

Main Mod MM18

Main Mod MM28

Main Mod MM51

Main Mod MM65

Main Mod MM72

Main Mod MM96

Main Mod MM127

Further Hearings – Addingham Civic Society Statement May 2016

Bradford Council’s Housing Local Development Plan.

The Public Examination of the Local Development Plan has now closed. It turned out to be a bruising experience for groups in the region trying to limit the number of houses to be built in Wharfedale for the 15 year period to 2030. They were up against an extremely well prepared set of developers and legal representatives, who at the outset challenged the cuts to housing numbers / downgrading of settlement status resulting from the application of the “Habitats Regulations”. The Inspector accepted the challenge and insisted that the Council, Natural England and developer representatives resolve the issue. The ensuing private deliberations took most of the Examination to complete but resulted in increased housing for Menston (+200), Burley (+500), Ilkley (+200) and Silsden (+200). The good news for Addingham is that despite strong developer pressure the 15 year housing figure remains at 200…..so far….!!!! Because of the significance of these changes they will be subject to a 6 week public consultation period.
There is no doubt that changes brought in by the Government to facilitate private house building in its “National Planning Policy Framework” have tipped the balance considerably in favour of developers. They also had the financial muscle to employ experienced planning lawyers to dismantle a key element of Bradford’s Plan and open the gates for more housing now and set precedents for further housing allocation in Wharfedale post 2030. It is worrying that Bradford’s Policy crumbled so easily when they presumably took legal advice from their in-house legal team! Even if Addingham’s housing allocation remains at 200, vigilance will be required as developers may seek to exploit the fact that Bradford does not have a Local Development Plan in place and submit housing applications. We will continue to keep you updated.

Addingham Civic Society