NWBC submits Core Strategy report to the Inspector
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9th October 2013
In June 2013 planning inspector Mr Tony Thickett, outlined a number of examination additional works required by North Warwickshire Borough Council to report on, including: implications for the Core Strategy of the emerging Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment, the Employment Land Review and the initial results of the Strategic Housing Market Assessment.
Traveller Accommodation Assessment
The recommendations for North Warwickshire are that there is an accommodation need for 9 households over the period 2012-2028. There is also a continuing requirement for 5 transit pitches. The submitted Core Strategy Policy deals with Gypsy and Travellers, however the policy states that 27 residential pitches and 5 transit pitches are required. The policy would need to be changed to reflect the reduction in residential pitches from 27 to 9 pitches.
Employment Land Review
The Employment Land Review seeks 24 hectares of local employment land in North Warwickshire from 2012 to 2028. Although changes would be required to reflect this updated information, the difference in employment land is not seen as strategically different.
Birch Coppice and Hams Hall are clearly seen as existing regional sites. However the report states that the new permission for the phase 3 could partly fulfil a local as well as regional role. This would need to be assessed to ensure that it reflects the ELR report.
The location of employment sites can be progressed through the Site Allocations Plan. The Preferred Options for the Site Allocations Plan indicated land for 34 ha of employment land, including land at Birch Coppice.
In addition the ELR highlights a high vacancy level on existing industrial estates which will need to be optimised as well.
It is also recommended that existing employment sites are protected and so remain in employment use.
Strategic Housing Market Assessment
The final report is expected in November 2013 as explained at the Exploratory Meeting. An Interim Report for North Warwickshire has been prepared by consultants and has also been added to the Core Strategy Examination library – CD9/14.
The information in the North Warwickshire summary takes in to consideration information for the whole of the HMA. The consultants have reviewed the new Draft Guidance to accompany the NPPF to ensure the final SHMA complies fully.
The Interim report provides an annual housing figure for North Warwickshire of between 150 and 200 units per annum. This figure is up to 2031.
Policy NW3 deals with housing numbers. This figure is expressed between 2006 and 2028 as 3800 in total with 500 units specifically for Tamworth. The local housing requirement is therefore 3300. This equates to the mid-point of 175 units per annum being provided based on the evidence of the SHMA.
Policy NW4 splits the remaining housing requirement between the various settlements. Table 1 of the Submitted Core Strategy gives the figure of the amount of housing left to be found in the remaining plan period as 2376 units taking in to account completions between 2006 and 2012 and those sites in the pipeline.
North Warwickshire’s Core Strategy public examination has been scheduled to start on Tuesday 7th January 2014.
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