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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

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
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
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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