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  • 1. Guildford Plan and the Planning Process October 13th 2013
  • 2. Planning in Guildford • A Local Plan is produced by a Borough Council and sets out how and where (in a general sense) local development can take place • It is a guide for developers and offers protection to residents from unsuitable or unsightly developments • Guildford’s current plan is dated 2003 and needs to be updated • The Government has decreed new guidelines in a document called the National Planning Policy Framework that will lay out new rules on development • It is an openly pro-development framework
  • 3. National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) • Introduced by the Government in 2012 • Key Points: – Britain faces a housing shortage –building on the Green Belt may be required – The NPPF contains policies that should shape development going forward – Emphasis is said to be much more prodevelopment – Councils must prepare a Local Plan that details how they will provide housing ideally to 2030
  • 4. National Planning Policy Framework • Key Points: – The NPPF says the local plan should: • Define policies that will be used in development • Should build an evidence base of their area to examine all relevant factors for future planning • prepare a Local Plan that details how they will provide housing - ideally to 2030 • Must preserve and enhance the natural and historic environment • Must review current green belt boundaries
  • 5. Strategic Planning Process National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) This was produced by the government in 2012 This is where we are now Consultation 1. The Local Plan will define what can be built, a to a large degree, where 2. Policies formed at this stage will set the rules for any future objections – once a developer puts in a plan to build. Sites Local Plan Policies 2014 /5
  • 6. GBC Evidence Base • Evidence Base • The evidence base is a series of documents which set out the information which underpins the decisions that will be made on key issues. No single piece of evidence will tell the whole story – but together they will help to form a whole picture of the borough and the competing issues that need to be planned for in the future.
  • 7. GBC Evidence Base • Will form the basis of the Local Plan • Contains a number of documents: 01 | Infrastructure Baseline Study • Considers the quality and capacity of the existing physical, community and social infrastructure. 02 | Traveller Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) –methodology • The proposed methodology for preparing a (SHLAA). The purpose of the traveller SHLAA is to assess land to see if it suitable, available and viable for traveller accommodation. 03 | Settlement Hierarchy • Will help define the role and function of each of the Borough’s settlements, and will inform the location of future development across the borough. 04 | Settlement Profiles document • Contains further background and contextual information about each settlement. It also makes a preliminary assessment regarding each settlement’s capacity to accommodate additional development 07 | Employment Land Assessment (ELA) • (ELA) assesses how much employment land is likely to be needed within Guildford borough until 2031. 08 | Traveller Accommodation Assessment (TAA) • (TAA) is a technical assessment of the number of pitches and plots needed to meet the accommodation needs of travellers residing or resorting to Guildford borough. 09 | Guildford borough Preliminary Growth Scenarios Transport Assessment • assesses eight preliminary growth scenarios identified in April 2012. The scenarios show different combinations of choices of where new development could go.
  • 8. GBC Evidence Base • Will form the basis of the Local Plan • Contains a number of documents: 06 | Green Belt and Countryside Study – alongside other evidence base documents, will help to show how much growth could be accommodated across the borough whilst still preserving the important role that Green Belt and countryside land currently fulfils. It also looks at whether new Green Belt land could be designated. –This identified a number of villages that could be taken outside the Green Belt and have the boundaries redefined - includes Fairlands –Identifies 773 properties (by using a figure of 30 dwellings per hectare) that could be developed on Fairlands if these boundaries are redefined (H8-A,H8-B,H8-C) 05 | Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) –Is a technical assessment of land. It will help inform the Local Plan by identifying possible land that could be used to provide new homes. –This identified 519 houses in areas H8-A and H8-B as suitable for development in a 6-10 year time-scale
  • 9. GBC Evidence Base • Some of the previous documents claim they are too technical to be consulted upon • GBC has summarised the findings in an issues and options document to aid the consultation process: Local Plan: Strategy and Sites Issues and Options document
  • 10. The Local Plan – Documents to Review National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) The Issues and Options Document
  • 11. Other Local Planning Factors • European Law concerning Special Protected Areas – Any substantial development within 5km of a Special Protected Area must provide an alternative walking and recreational areas for the new residents to enjoy.(Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space or SANG) – This is to prevent the new residents adding to the load on current protected areas • Fairlands is currently within 5km of a Special Protected Area – Whitmoor Common is home to the Dartford Warbler, Nightjar, Stonechat and Woodlark • The council admit in their infrastructure document that they are short of recreational space (SANG) in the North West of Guildford – this is quoted as the reason to delay any development at Fairlands for 6 years.
  • 12. Planning Process once Local Plan is Agreed 1. Developer submits a plan to council. 2. Objections can be heard, but must be in line with policies . 3. Objectors have no right of appeal. Developer can appeal.
  • 13. Questions