The Society’s response to the latest Regulation 16 Consultation
4th January 2019
4 Springfield Mount
Private and Confidential.
Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Bradford BD1 5RW
Date: 4th of January 2019.
For the attention of Andrew Marshall Planning and Transport Strategy Manager.
Dear Mr Marshall
Re: Bradford Council Regulation 16 Consultation for Addingham’s Draft Neighbourhood Plan.
Addingham Civic Society is a thriving, and active Village organisation with 400 members. It is an important voice in the Village. The Board of Trustees of the Society wish to make the following comments:
- We strongly support the plan’s vision, objectives and policies for the village and surrounding countryside.
- Addingham is located in an environmentally sensitive part of the Wharfe Valley. It adjoins the Nidderdale AONB and is less than a kilometre from the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The River Wharfe green infrastructure corridor runs through the Parish on the northern boundary of the village, and virtually all of the Parish is within the 2.5km foraging habitat protection zone for the South Pennine Moors or the North Pennine Moors Special Protection Area, qualifying species. The quality and character of the landscape setting is strongly evidenced in the Landscape Character Assessment of the Neighbourhood Plan Area commissioned by our Parish Council. The Parish also has a significant number of built heritage assets, with a large Conservation Area.
- We also strongly support the Local Green Space Designations in Policy ANDP11. The preferred options plan community consultation demonstrated overwhelming support for this policy, which was based on detailed assessments against NPPF criteria of the special qualities of these sites and their significance and value to the local community. The Civic Society’s Environment Group with a membership of over 100 volunteers played a major role in co-ordinating this work. The Group includes a range of ecological and environmental specialists and is headed up by Professor Rick Battarbee a leading authority on Environmental Change.
- The Neighbourhood Plan Forum carried out detailed work on housing site assessments. The housing site allocations at the preferred options plan stage were presented to the village in a comprehensive exhibition, receiving strong support from the local community. The Trustees regret that our Parish Council decided to exclude the housing allocations from the Plan prior to the local Regulation 14 Consultation. We consider that this has weakened the plan although we do welcome the general housing Policy ANDP1, supporting the use of small infill sites. All the community consultations carried out during the preparation of the plan showed a clear preference for small infill developments rather than larger sites.
- Finally, we believe that although the housing allocations have been excluded from Addingham’s Neighbourhood Plan it is essential that the current Draft Plan progresses through its remaining stages and is adopted at local referendum. This will ensure that any new small scale development is of high, sustainable quality and will not detract from the significant environmental and landscape value of the Neighbourhood Plan area.
Malcolm R Keeble
Addingham Civic Society