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Planning for Alresford’s Future Steve Opacic - Head of Strategic Planning Winchester City Council. Local Plan Part 1: Alresford. Policy MTRA2: 500 dwellings (2011-2031) Maintain & improve shopping, tourism, etc Maintain & improve housing/employment balance

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Planning for alresford s future steve opacic head of strategic planning winchester city council

Planning for Alresford’s FutureSteve Opacic - Head of Strategic Planning Winchester City Council


Local plan part 1 alresford

Local Plan Part 1: Alresford

Policy MTRA2:

  • 500 dwellings (2011-2031)

  • Maintain & improve shopping, tourism, etc

  • Maintain & improve housing/employment balance

  • Assess capacity within settlement before extending boundary

  • Be appropriate in scale, design, etc


Local plan part 2 process

Local Plan Part 2 - process

  • Define Alresford’s needs – housing, employment, open space, infrastructure

  • Assess potential sites objectively – fully meet needs, SHLAA and other sites, initial sieve followed by detailed assessment

  • Develop and consult on conclusions – leading to proposed allocations

  • Alresford-specific development management policies? – if not covered in LPP1/LPP2


Alresford needs groups

Alresford Needs Groups

  • WCC drafted ‘templates’ on housing, employment and infrastructure needs

  • Alresford public meeting 23 Jan 2013 invited volunteers for ‘Needs Groups’

  • 4 ‘Needs Groups’ met from January – April 2013 – Housing, Employment & Economy, Infrastructure, Open Space & Recreation

  • Each Group’s conclusions on needs presented at public exhibition & meeting 25 April 2013


Summary housing

Summary - Housing

  • 500 required, with 80 permitted/committed

  • 40% to be affordable housing

  • 75+ age group may double in size by 2031

  • Half of dwellings 1-2 bed (2 preferred)

  • Need for sheltered/nursing facility

  • Use sites close to centre for higher density

  • Explore possibility of using industrial or school sites


Summary employment econ

Summary – Employment / Econ

  • Retain Alresford as a ‘working’ town

  • Provide 200 new jobs (maintain proportion of residents working locally - 38%)

  • Need 1.5 – 3 hectares for new / relocated businesses, with good access & parking

  • Need high-speed telecommunications

  • No significant new retail needs

  • Tourism is important to local economy


Summary infrastructure

Summary – Infrastructure

  • Any expansion of Perins School likely to be on existing site. Need for pre-school places

  • Need to safeguard future of town centre car parks (sites leased)

  • Future need for extra care / nursing / dementia accommodation

  • Need for further burial ground / space

  • Developments to provide safe routes connecting to the town

  • Various detailed highway/pedestrian/cycling improvements suggested


Summary open space rec

Summary – Open Space & Rec.

  • Shortfall of open space (using Local Plan standards) of 15+ ha, rising to 20+ ha

  • Need for various types of open space:

    • allotments (0.5ha)

    • cricket ground (1.5ha)

    • rugby (2ha)

    • tennis (0.5ha)

    • children’s play

    • BMX park


Summary land budget

Summary – Land ‘Budget’

  • Housing * 14 ha

  • Commercial 3 ha

  • Open Space – new development 5 ha

  • Open Space – existing population 15 ha

  • Burial ground 0.5 ha **

  • Total 37.5 hectares (93 acres)

    * Assuming 420 houses at 30 houses per hectare beyond the town centre and at higher densities in the centre

    ** Reduced from original 5ha recommendation


Available sites

Available Sites


Initial site sieve

Initial Site ‘Sieve’

Green= no constraints

Amber = some constraints (consider mitigation)

Red = absolute constraint (no mitigation possible)


Further studies evidence

Further Studies / Evidence

  • Constraints mapping

  • Landscape Sensitivity Assessment

  • Windfall Trends & Potential

  • Open Space Assessment

  • Historic Environment Assessment

  • Transport / Accessibility Assessment

  • Initial Sustainability Appraisal

  • Traveller needs assessment


Allocations workshop conclusions

Allocations Workshop/Conclusions

  • Site allocations workshop with NATC in Sept considered evidence / studies

  • Not just assessing sites 1 by 1, but developing a strategy to meet needs

  • Includes mix of housing, employment, open space, recreation, burial ground, etc totalling 37.5ha

  • Housing is ‘easy’ other uses more difficult


Employment locations

? Employment Locations ?


Developing a strategy 1

Developing a Strategy 1

  • About meeting a range of needs, not just housing

  • Housing could potentially go on several sites

  • Open space and employment more difficult

  • Risk of diluting ability of development to achieve needs


Developing a strategy 2

Developing a Strategy 2

  • The strategic options are:

    • large mixed-use site

    • spread development around smaller sites

  • No easy option - will be opposition to any

  • Only east of Sun Lane capable of delivering all needs

  • Other options not suitable for employment, etc and more limited open space provision


Proposed site allocations

Proposed Site Allocations


Sun lane land uses

Sun Lane – Land Uses


Deliverability

Deliverability

  • Sun Lane is best to deliver range of needs

  • But… delivery of all the elements is critical

  • Including new access to A31, employment, open space, traveller site, sequence of development, etc

  • Discussions with promoter suggest it is do-able, if not reconsider alternatives

  • The Dean dependent on employment relocation


These are early stages

These Are Early Stages

  • ‘Needs Groups’ have been consulted and came up with various ideas

  • Don’t have all the details/answers at this stage

  • Traffic will be an issue for any site, will look at options/opportunities

  • Further work and testing needed to address problems and find solutions


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • A bold solution but capable of meeting a range of needs and benefits

  • Promoters keen to work with community to make it work

  • Proposal put forward jointly by NATC and WCC for consultation - is this the best way to meet Alresford’s future needs?

  • If not, is there a deliverable alternative?


Next stages

Next Stages

  • Public exhibition/event 7 Jan 2014

  • 6-week consultation – to 21 Feb 2014

  • Consider responses Feb – May 2014

  • Draft Local Plan Part 2 – July 2014

  • ‘Pre-Submission’ – Jan 2015

  • Submission / examination – Apr-Jul 2015

  • Inspector’s Report – Nov 2015

  • Adoption – Dec 2015


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