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Schedule of Main Modifications and changes to Policies Maps

Representation ID: 24637

Received: 09/09/2019

Respondent: Mrs Sheena Carmichael

Representation:

Ticehurst Neighbourhood Plan was only recently made (July 2019), and the wording for Policy H4 part 1 (not part i) was agreed with Rother DC. However, the new DASA policy improves on the TNP policy, by lowering the limit for affordable housing from a development of 10 or more to one of 6 or more. But the DASA policy referred to (DHG1) leaves an enormous loophole for developers who do not want to provide the level of affordable housing in the policy by allowing them to say that the affordable housing makes the development unviable. I suggest that the policy should require developers to submit a viability assessment BEFORE they are given planning permission.

Full text:

Ticehurst Neighbourhood Plan was only recently made (July 2019), and the wording for Policy H4 part 1 (not part i) was agreed with Rother DC. However, the new DASA policy improves on the TNP policy, by lowering the limit for affordable housing from a development of 10 or more to one of 6 or more. But the DASA policy referred to (DHG1) leaves an enormous loophole for developers who do not want to provide the level of affordable housing in the policy by allowing them to say that the affordable housing makes the development unviable. I suggest that the policy should require developers to submit a viability assessment BEFORE they are given planning permission.

Object

Schedule of Main Modifications and changes to Policies Maps

Representation ID: 24647

Received: 10/09/2019

Respondent: Kember Loudon Williams

Representation:

Throughout the whole DaSA Local Plan consultation process the public were told that any sites affecting areas with a Neighbourhood Plan would not be considered in the DaSA, and instead they would be dealt with as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process. This is set out by Proposed Submission DaSA paragraph 1.27 and confirmed in paragraph 15.7.

We were under the distinct impression that the Blackfriars sites would no longer stand as an allocation should the DaSA become adopted and now suddenly it appears that it will.

With the changes proposed in AM72 and AM73, the Council now want to keep the Blackfriars allocation "safe" until the Neighbourhood Plan becomes adopted. Frustratingly, the Council have downplayed the inclusion of Blackfriars as a typographical error (AM73) and have simply put in a footnote (AM72) to make these changes.

There are other changes to Appendix 2 which are considered MAJOR and should be considered by the Inspector. These changes include a new footnote (AM72) and allowing Policy Inset Map 2A to still apply in Battle until superseded by a made a Neighbourhood Plan (AM73).

To make a change including sites in Battle at the eleventh hour is considered unlawful and unsound.

Full text:

There are other changes to Appendix 2 which are considered MAJOR and should be considered by the Inspector. These changes include a new footnote (AM72) and allowing Policy Inset Map 2A to still apply in Battle until superseded by a made a Neighbourhood Plan (AM73).

Paragraph 16(d) of NPPF states that Plans should contain policies that are clearly written and unambiguous, so it is evident how a decision maker should react to development proposals. To make a change including sites in Battle at the eleventh hour is considered unlawful and unsound.

It is unlawful because throughout the whole DaSA Local Plan consultation process the public were told that any sites affecting areas with a Neighbourhood Plan would not be considered in the DaSA. And that instead, they would be dealt with as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process. This was set out in Paragraph 1.27 of the 2018 Submission Document and confirmed in Paragraph 15.7. As a result, we never submitted comments on the DaSA. It clearly spelt out to the public that sites in Batlle (including the Blackfriars site) would be considered separately as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process and so we didn't think it was necessary to get involved.

However, it has transpired that the Blackfriars site has been discussed during the DaSA process. As soon as the consultation process ended and the Plan was submitted, the Blackfriars site started to come up in conversation. For instance, the Inspector raised it in Matter 6 Housing Supply and Delivery and the Council confirmed at this point that the site would still be included as site in their housing numbers. With the changes proposed in AM72 and AM73, the Council now want to keep the Blackfriars allocation "safe" until the Neighbourhood Plan becomes adopted. Frustratingly, the Council have downplayed the inclusion of Blackfriars as a typographical error (AM73) and have simply put in a footnote (AM72) to make these changes. However, it is our assertion that these changes are fundamental, and the inclusion of the Blackfriars site should therefore be treated as a major modification. It is a complete reversal to what was set out at the start of the consultation process and to what is still implied in Paragraph 1.27 of the current version of DaSA. As such, we do not think the Plan is legally compliant. The Council's Statement of Community Involvement includes a consultation charter which identifies a number of principles for public consultation, one of which is that "it will seek to ensure that the issues are clearly understood and that objectives, timescales and expectations are clearly identified". Unfortunately, the way in which the Blackfriars site is being considered has not been clear and a late entry into DaSA is not considered appropriate.

It is also considered that the DaSA does not meet the test of soundness. The Framework makes it clear that plans should be positively prepared and justified. However, the Blackfriars site appears to be given a preference and the decision to suddenly keep it as an allocated site at this late stage (albeit until the Neighbourhood Plan becomes adopted) is considered unjustified and unsound. The DaSA is not delivering what it set out to do. We were under the distinct impression that the Blackfriars sites would no longer stand as an allocation should the DaSA become adopted and now suddenly it appears that it will.