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Draft Local Plan-Part 2 Site Allocations

R31

Representation ID: 22845

Received: 16/03/2020

Respondent: Savills (UK) Ltd

Representation:

The site is owned by Anglian Water and is located within the urban area of Norwich. This site is allocated in the adopted Local Plan also as site R31. This site has been carried forward and is allocated for a housing led mixed use development and open space. This site is in a sustainable location and makes use of previously developed land and therefore it should continue to be allocated in the new Local Plan. However, part of the site is now unavailable as Anglian Water wishes to ensure it has sufficient land for its future needs although there is no requirement in the current plan period for infrastructure investment. This means that the number of homes that can be accommodated on the site is reduced to approximately 60 homes.

The accompanying plan shows the remaining land that is now available and that can be developed over the plan period. We propose that the allocation is amended to this new boundary. The remaining site specific requirements are considered appropriate except for the one relating to:
 The land adjoining the River Wensum will provide a public open space with a publicly accessible riverside walk. This needs to be amended due to the enhanced security requirements now needed for the water treatment site. It is proposed this criteria be amended to state:
 The land adjoining the River Wensum will provide a public open space with a publicly accessible riverside walk subject to water security considerations. In conclusion Anglian Water continues to support this allocation subject to the amendments suggested above.

Full text:

The site is owned by Anglian Water and is located within the urban area of Norwich. This site is allocated in the adopted Local Plan also as site R31. This site has been carried forward and is allocated for a housing led mixed use development and open space. This site is in a sustainable location and makes use of previously developed land and therefore it should continue to be allocated in the new Local Plan. However, part of the site is now unavailable as Anglian Water wishes to ensure it has sufficient land for its future needs although there is no requirement in the current plan period for infrastructure investment. This means that the number of homes that can be accommodated on the site is reduced to approximately 60 homes.

The accompanying plan shows the remaining land that is now available and that can be developed over the plan period. We propose that the allocation is amended to this new boundary. The remaining site specific requirements are considered appropriate except for the one relating to:
 The land adjoining the River Wensum will provide a public open space with a publicly accessible riverside walk. This needs to be amended due to the enhanced security requirements now needed for the water treatment site. It is proposed this criteria be amended to state:
 The land adjoining the River Wensum will provide a public open space with a publicly accessible riverside walk subject to water security considerations. In conclusion Anglian Water continues to support this allocation subject to the amendments suggested above.

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Draft Local Plan-Part 2 Site Allocations

GNLP0102

Representation ID: 23204

Received: 16/03/2020

Respondent: Savills (UK) Ltd

Number of people: 2

Representation:

Summary and Conclusion
We trust that these formal representations will be afforded the appropriate weight by the LPA and assist in the formulation of the emerging Greater Norwich Local Plan.
Frontier Agriculture Ltd supports the principle of the allocation of the Site, subject to the detailed considerations as set out above. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss the contents of this letter with Officers in due course. The Response Form has also been completed and is included with this correspondence.

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Full text:

We write on behalf of our client, Frontier Agriculture Limited (‘FAL’), in relation to land west of Sandy Lane, Diss (‘the Site’).

We hereby provide our client’s representations to the current Regulation 18 consultation on the draft Greater Norwich Local Plan (‘GNLP’) in relation to the Site. These representations follow submissions to the previous Call for Sites exercise by our client.

This correspondence provides our client’s representations to the current consultation in order to assist the production of the new Local Plan. We would however welcome the opportunity to meet with Officers in due course, in order to discuss the enclosed comments in more detail.
The Site
By way of background, FAL is the landowner and occupier of land west of Sandy Lane, Diss (‘the Site’), which extends to circa 3.6ha.

The Site is located within the defined Development Boundary for Diss, is adjacent to Diss Railway Station and is accessible by a range of transport modes. The Site is currently occupied by a range of B Class uses associated with our client’s operation, which include a seed processing plant, crop protection store, grain store, and a grain and seed laboratory.

The Site is fully controlled by FAL and there are no significant constraints to its future development.
General Comments
The National Planning Policy Framework (‘NPPF’) requires all Local Plans to be based upon and reflect the presumption in favour of sustainable development, with clear policies that will guide how the presumption should be applied locally.

Local planning authorities should positively seek opportunities to meet the development needs of their area and Local Plans should meet objectively assessed needs with sufficient flexibility to adapt to rapid change.
They should be consistent with the principles and policies of the NPPF, and should be aspirational but realistic to address spatial implication of economic, social and environmental dimensions.

As the GNLP emerges, it is important that it adheres to the requirements of the NPPF in positively promoting
new development across the Local Plan area.
Site Specific Allocation.

The Site is proposed to be allocated for development in the emerging GNLP under Site Specific Policy GNLP0102 (‘the Policy’). This identifies the Site as being suitable for at least 200 homes of which 33% are
intended to be affordable.

Our client fully supports the principle of the allocation of the Site for comprehensive redevelopment. The
intensification of the development capacity of the Site reflects its sustainable location, accessibility and
deliverability within the emerging Plan period. The redevelopment of the Site can help to meet strategic
objectives in terms of residential or employment floorspace within the GNLP area.

Our client does however have a number of comments in relation to the specific requirements of the Policy,
which are detailed further below. We also comment on the Site Specific Policies in relation to nearby sites,
where relevant.

Proposed Land Uses
Whilst our client supports the proposed allocation of the Site for residential development, we consider that the
Policy should also include flexibility to support redevelopment for employment uses (Class B). This would reflect the existing and established land use and would still provide support for appropriate intensification should residential development not be realised. Given the existing use of the Site, such development would be an appropriate alternative use of the Site and acceptable in land-use terms.

The Policy should be amended to include flexibility and support for both residential or employment land uses.
This would ensure the Plan is positively prepared and will make the most effective use of previously developed
land.

In terms of the proposed allocation for residential development, we have the following comments:
 Number of Homes: The Site is identified for development of at least 200 homes. Whilst our client
supports the general approach to the Site and the acknowledgement of its significant potential in terms
of development capacity, the Policy should remain flexible. The specific number of homes is a useful
indicative figure for the development capacity of the Site but it should not be set as a minimum threshold
given the embryonic stage of redevelopment.

Flexibility would reflect the need for an appropriate masterplanning exercise to be undertaken in order
to determination an appropriate quantum or range of dwellings that could be accommodated. For example, it may be that following this exercise, the Site is considered more suitable for a lower quantum than set out in the Policy, depending on site specific design requirements and an appropriate housing
mix.
It is therefore recommended that the Policy be amended to allow for flexibility as to the precise quantum
of homes that could be delivered on the Site. Whilst the capacity of 200 homes can be maintained
within the Policy, this should be as an indicative capacity figure and not a minimum requirement which
may be unduly restrictive.
 Affordable Housing: The viability of the Site and any future redevelopment scheme is unknown at
this stage. Given the historic employment use of the site, there is the potential for increased costs
linked to matters such as remediation. In order to maximise the potential of the site through comprehensive redevelopment the site specific policy should not impose specific requirements linked
to the deliverability of affordable housing in percentage or unit terms.
Any future redevelopment of the Site for residential land uses would be subject to the primary policies
relating to affordable housing within the wider GNLP. It follows that an appropriate level of affordable
housing can be determined at the application stage subject to appropriate viability evidence.
A flexible site specific policy would ensure a viable development scheme can be prepared and
promoted. That would ultimately ensure the full development capacity of the Site can be realised which
in turn would deliver the maximum amount of affordable housing to help meet the requirements of the
GNLP.

Specific Matters
The Policy goes on to list eight ‘specific matters’ that any development of the Site is expected to address. We
comment on a number of these specific requirements below:
 Station Car Park Expansion: The 4th bullet point of the Policy suggests that any development
should“…safeguard land to expand the car parking facility at the train station”. No further details are
provided and it is unclear if the intention of the Policy is to either i) ensure that development of the Site
does not prejudice the ability of adjacent land (i.e. outside of the Site) to be used for additional car
parking; or ii) if there is an expectation that land within our client’s ownership should be utilised.

If the latter is intended, then we wish to object to that specific requirement, given that it is not necessary
to achieve appropriate development of the Site. There is no specific requirement or policy justification
for an expansion for the station car park onto the Site, and due to the Site’s location immediately adjacent to the station, it’s development would not generate a
requirement for additional station car parking. Finally, such an approach would reduce the ability to deliver an appropriate quantum of residential development on the site.
If an expansion of the car park is required it would be more appropriately located on land allocated
under Policy DIS 8, which adjoins Station Road. That site adjoins the main station access and would
provide a more coherent form of development.
The Policy should therefore be amended to either i) remove the 4th bullet point in its entirety, or ii)
amend the requirement to clarify that redevelopment of the Site should not prejudice the expansion of
the station car park on adjoining land (i.e. outside the boundary of the Site).
 Widening of Sandy Lane on Frontage: The 5th bullet refers to the widening of Sandy Lane to a minimum of 5.5m along the ‘extent of frontage’. Whilst our client has no objection to incorporating the widening of Sandy Lane into the Site as part of any future development, for the avoidance of any doubt, this should be reworded to clarify that the widening relates to the ‘extent of the site frontage’.

The Policy cannot require the redevelopment of the Site to deliver widening along the entirety of Sandy Lane.

Provision of Footway on Site Frontage: The 6th bullet point of the Policy refers to the provision of a 2m wide footway at the Site frontage, extending northwards to connect with Frenze Hall Lane. Whilst our client would expect the site frontage to include an appropriate footway, it is not considered that there is justification for an extension northwards to Frenze Hall Lane. It is expected that development of the Site would include pedestrian routes to ensure links towards the Railway Station and Station Road, which in turn provide the main pedestrian routes towards existing facilities in Diss. This includes the shared pedestrian / cycle route along Victoria Road and which provides appropriate accessibility for users.

The Policy should be amended to remove reference to the extension of the footway north beyond the Site frontage.

It is also noted that the Local Plan proposes to carry forward the DIS 9 allocation, which includes delivery of improved footpath links to the town centre and railway station. It is recommended that this policy be reworded to incorporate the widening of Sandy Lane into that site in order to continue to widening of Sandy Lane north (i.e. as proposed under the 5th bullet of Policy GNLP0102) and to allow wider improvements along the road in order to link in with those proposed along the frontage of our client’s Site.

The above matters will ensure that the emerging Local Plan is appropriately formulated to ensure the future development of the Site can be delivered in an appropriate manner, whilst allowing for reasonable flexibility.

Summary and Conclusion
We trust that these formal representations will be afforded the appropriate weight by the LPA and assist in the formulation of the emerging Greater Norwich Local Plan.
Frontier Agriculture Ltd supports the principle of the allocation of the Site, subject to the detailed considerations as set out above. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss the contents of this letter with Officers in due course. The Response Form has also been completed and is included with this correspondence.

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