Greenbelt development – update

Green-fieldWe agree on the need for ‘affordable’ housing locally but the NFDC proposal to allocate development of around 150 houses on ‘green belt’ sites at Pinetops and north of Alexandra Road would compromise the town’s boundaries. Action: At the Sites & Development Management Plan hearing on 23 Apr 2013 LymSoc’s representative put it to Inspector that the SDMP was unsound as the Council had failed to provide evidence of having considered reasonable alternatives to sites allocated and that the choice of locations locally might be better addressed through a Neighbourhood Plan. Comment: Inspector accepted NFDC’s proposition that the only sites where additional housing could be sited were within green belt surrounding Lymington & Pennington (the Inspector at the Core Strategy hearing had accepted this proposition and he was not going to disagree). Status: Inspector’s interim report issued; it does not question NFDC’s allocation at Pinetops and Alexandra Road; it only asks NFDC to respond to a number of mainly technical questions, which, however, will require a further round of public consultation.

Background: The NFDC Sites and Development Management plan sets out the detailed proposals required to implement the planning strategy for the area agreed through the Core Strategy (adopted in 2009). The plan allocates a limited amount of greenfield land for new development to meet the local need for additional housing, affordable housing and employment. Between 2006 – 2026, the overall South East Plan requires 3,920 additional dwellings.

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