“A Living Working Countryside”. A response to the Matthew Taylor Review. Peter Home Senior Planning Officer, HDC. Introduction. The key problem… “ The English countryside is a wonderful place to live and work – if you can afford a home, if you can find a reasonably paid job .”
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A response to the Matthew Taylor Review
Senior Planning Officer, HDC
The key problem…
“The English countryside is a wonderful place to live and work – if you can afford a home, if you can find a reasonably paid job.”
Matthew Taylor MP
The key solutions …?
“The planning process has to become an engine of regeneration or we face a future of decline.”
“In many cases just a handful of well designed homes, kept affordable in perpetuity for local people, will make all the difference to the sustainability of the community and its services.”
“Three million new homes by 2020”
This means at least 750,000 in areas classed as ‘rural’ based on balance of UK population
The South East Plan translates this into average annual figures for new homes: 32,708 per year until 2026
And for East and West Sussex: 5,800 per year
South East Plan – May 2009
The Problems – ‘Sustainability Trap’
But, what makes development sustainable?
Typical modern high density estates have gardens too small to plant trees. The results are clearly harmful to the character of market towns
The planning policy context leads to the ‘writing-off’ of small and very rural villages are too unsustainable for any new development at all.
These villages may be very attractive and in protected landscapes and may already have few services.
Little thought is given to the long-term effects on these villages…
Horsham District Council works proactively with local communities and AiRS in a way the Report recommends:-
Housing Development and Strategy Manager
Horsham District Council
An impossible task?
“The planning system has a crucial role to promote and deliver sustainable communities – ensuring development occurs in the right place at the right time and makes a positive contribution to people’s lives – providing homes, jobs, opportunity and enhancing quality of life. It must simultaneously protect and enhance the natural and historic environment, and conserve the countryside and open spaces that are important to everyone.”