Affordable Housing in the new NPPF

The government has published a new National Planning Policy Framework.

The Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England (CPRE)  has published research on affordable housing:

60,000 houses being planned for land that will be released from the Green Belt, while the percentage of ‘affordable’ homes built continues to fall

The Green Belt remains under severe pressure, despite government commitments to its protection, according to a new report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

CPRE’s annual State of the Green Belt report [1] highlights that there are currently 460,000 homes being planned to be built on land that will soon be released from the Green Belt [2]. Moving Green Belt boundaries when reviewing local plans makes it easier for local authorities to release land for housing, but is only supposed to take place under ‘exceptional circumstances’. This strategic shrinking of the Green Belt, as a way of getting around its protected status, is as harmful as building on the Green Belt itself.

The report also demonstrates that building on the Green Belt is not solving the affordable housing crisis, and will not do so. Last year 72% of homes built on greenfield land within the Green Belt were unaffordable by the government’s definition [3].

Of the 460,000 homes that are planned to be built on land that will be released from the Green Belt, the percentage of unaffordable homes will increase to 78%.

CPRE warns that this release of land looks set to continue, as one-third of local authorities with Green Belt land will find themselves with an increase in housing targets, due to a new method for calculating housing demand. The London (Metropolitan) Green Belt will be the biggest casualty [4].

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Phase Two community consultation for Cleve Hill Solar Park

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to you to inform you of our upcoming Phase Two community consultation for Cleve Hill Solar Park, to update you on how our proposals have developed and to invite your feedback on this. Please see the enclosed Community Consultation Leaflet for the latest information and details of our consultation process.

Our formal Phase Two community consultation will begin on Thursday 31 May 2018 and end on Friday 13 July 2018.

In this consultation leaflet, we would like to draw your attention to the Phase Two consultation event dates. These are as follows:

  • Wednesday 13 June from 4.30pm to 7.30pm at Ferry House Inn, Harty Ferry Road, Harty, ME12 4BQ
  • Thursday 14 June from 1.30pm to 8pm at Graveney Village Hall, Graveney, Faversham, ME13 9DN
  • Friday 15 June from 11am to 4pm at Seasalter Christian Centre, Seasalter, Faversham Road, Whitstable, CT5 4AX
  • Saturday 16 June from 11am to 5.30pm at Faversham Guildhall, 8 Market Place, Faversham, ME13 7AG

Our consultation events will give you the opportunity to view our full suite of consultation materials on the detailed proposals for Cleve Hill Solar Park. These consultation materials will include:

  • Copies of our Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) on display
  • Copies of our non-technical PEIR to take away
  • Display boards of the latest project information
  • Photomontages showing visualisations of the proposals from various viewpoints
  • Plans for improved local amenities including additional permissive pathways and a community orchard

All of our consultation materials will also be available to access online via our website: www.clevehillsolar.com from 31 May. Further, from 31 May you can also view the consultation materials at our Community Access Points (CAP sites), details of which are on our website.

When you have had the opportunity to view our full suite of materials, we’d encourage you to complete our feedback form which will be available to complete from this link from 31 May 2018. Please note the deadline for feedback is Friday 13 July 2018.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the project team at the details below.

Kind regards,

Hugh Brennan

Managing Director

For and on behalf of Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd

Freepost: Cleve Hill Solar

T: 0800 328 2850

E: info@clevehillsolar.com

W: www.clevehillsolar.com

SBC has issued a prospectus and call for proposals from developers

The Swale New Garden Communities Prospectus – an invitation for submissions to be made by 5.00pm on 17th August 2018

• Swale is facing considerable challenges as to how it can plan for the significant levels of new homes that it will be expected to provide in future.

• We are asking landowners and developers to submit proposals for new communities so that we can see if this option should be considered by the next local plan.

• We have prepared a Prospectus which explains what a ‘garden’ community is and what we will expect to see included within any submission.

• Submissions will be independently assessed and we will then decide whether any new communities should be shortlisted as one of the options to be considered by the next local plan.

They are looking only for submissions from developers

Relevant documents:

The consultant’s report suggesting possible sites:
https://services.swale.gov.uk/meetings/documents/s8862/Appendix%20I%20to%20PBA%20Report%20Item%208Feb18.pdf

Swale Borough Council has published an early consultation document intended to inform the next Local Plan. Called “Looking Ahead”, the document asks some key questions about the issues facing Swale to the year 2038.

The consultation closes 8th June details

 

Tracing your Kent Ancestors

On 4th June in the Fleur Hall at 19:30 David Wright will be talking about Tracing your Kent Ancestors, ticketed talk.  Dr David Wright will be talking about how to trace Kentish ancestors, outlining the principal records as well as some of the county’s many other rich but sometimes overlooked genealogical sources.

http://www.drdavidwright.co.uk/

Tickets from the Fleur, in Preston Steet,  or on the door.

 

 

 

Looking Ahead – Housing Plans for Swale

Looking Ahead – consultation closes on 8th June 2018 (11.59pm)

Swale Borough Council has published an early consultation document intended to inform the next Local Plan. Called “Looking Ahead”, the document asks some key questions about the issues facing Swale to the year 2038. Please read more details below as to how to take part in this using our online portal.

We have also published a quick questionnaire in order to help us establish future priorities. This is also available to complete on the online portal. You do not need to register to take part in this.

If responding to our consultations, you will be asked to provide personal information at various points. Data Protection Legislation governs the way we collect and use the personal information you provide to us. You have specific legal rights in relation to that information and the Council has specific legal responsibilities. Please read carefully the notice that will be provided when you respond to the “Looking Ahead” consultation online. If you choose not to respond online, it can either be downloaded via the link below or as a ‘hard’ copy collected at Council offices or libraries. Where we have requested permission in the notice, please indicate by putting an ‘X’ in the relevant box. We will not be able to process your comments without the completed notice.

How do I take part in a consultation?

For most of our Local Plan consultations we use an online Consultation Portal, which has the following advantages:

  • View all documents/representations (including other consultee comments)
  • Search for comments on a particular topic or policy
  • Check your comments have been received and track the outcome
  • Be kept informed of updates
  • Update personal details.

You can read documents and consultation comments without the need to register. To provide any comments on a current consultation, you need to register before using our consultation portal.

You can also view our consultation documents at the Swale Borough Council Offices and libraries during these locations’ normal opening times:

  • Swale Borough Council, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 3HT
  • Sheppey Gateway and Library, 38 – 42, High Street, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1NL
  • Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8NY
  • Sittingbourne Library, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4AH
  • Queenborough Library, Railway Terrace, Queenborough, Kent, ME11 5AY
  • Minster Library, Worcester Close, Minster-On-Sea, Kent, ME12 3NP
  • Faversham Library, Newton Road, Faversham, ME13 8DY
  • Teynham Library, 131 London Road, Teynham, Kent, ME9 9QJ
  • Boughton Under Blean Library, Village Hall, Bull Lane, Boughton, Kent, ME13 9AH

 Written representations on documents should be made either:

  • By registering on our Consultation Portal
  • At Swale Borough Council’s offices where hard copies of the consultation material will be available
  • If you have difficulty with any of the above, please email planningpolicy@swale.gov.uk to obtain either an email version or hard copy

Paper versions of the form can be completed electronically (on screen) or completed by hand and returned:

  •  by email planningpolicy@swale.gov.uk, or
  •  by post to Planning Policy Manager, Swale Borough Council, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 3HT

If you have any questions please call us on 01795 417118.

All comments must be received by the date specified on the event detailed above.

Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

If your enquiry relates to whether a building is listed or located within one of Swale Borough’s 50 Conservation Areas, you should be able to find the information you need via the following web-based information resources:

Listed Buildings:  https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

(Please note that listed buildings are designated by Historic England and not by the Borough Council)

Conservation Areas: http://www.swale.gov.uk/conservation-areas/

(Please note that the web page this link takes you to provides web links to maps for all 50 of the Borough’s Conservation Areas along with web links to the relevant Conservation Area Character Appraisal documents, where the latter have been produced)

If your enquiry entails seeking an opinion/view on a proposed development scheme (including alterations to listed buildings and/or buildings within conservation areas), then you will need to make your enquiry via the Borough Council’s pre-application service, the details of which can be found by clicking on the link below:

http://www.swale.gov.uk/pre-application-advice/

Please note that there will normally be a small charge for this service, as set out in the scale of charges on the web page.  Planning Officers in the Development Management Team handle all pre-application enquiries and consult with specialist in-house and County Council based officers as necessary.

Unauthorised works/development and other breaches of planning controls

If your enquiry relates to a matter of this nature, please use the Borough Council’s online report a breach service, which you can access by clicking the link below:

https://forms.maidstone.gov.uk/default.aspx/Stages/RenderProcess/?ProcessGUID=21BD3C20-C4E1-45C5-9BFB-F9446EB7CF22&HideAll=1&ReturnURL=%2F&fs2s=pVrxgmEu4Mw&fs2c=WA7cxsSe4ne&fs2svr=ec2-54-75-228-37

(Please note this is a shared service with Maidstone Borough Council, hence the reference to Maidstone in the web link address)

If you are concerned about works/development which you know are, or you think may be unauthorised, you might also find the information on the Swale Borough Council Planning Enforcement web page of some assistance/interest.  You can access this by clicking on the link below:

http://www.swale.gov.uk/planning-enforcement/

Trees in Conservation Areas and Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

The Design & Conservation Section of the Spatial Planning Team does not deal with tree enquiries related to either of the above stated categories.  Please click on the link below for more information regarding the protection/management of trees within the Borough and use the on-line resources provided to report a problem/concern, lodge a notice of works to trees in a Conservation Area or submit an application for works to or the felling of a tree or trees protected by a TPO:

http://www.swale.gov.uk/tree/