Spelthorne Local Plan - Preferred Options Consultation: Policies and Site Allocations

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Barton Willmore (M Ed Pigott) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Spatial policies Policy SP3: Stanwell and Stanwell Moor

  • Comment ID: pol/262
  • Status: Accepted
SEGRO broadly support the proposed strategy for Stanwell and Stanwell Moor that seeks to minimise the adverse impacts of Heathrow Airport while seeking to secure economic and environmental benefits locally. It is, however, considered that this Policy could be amended to proactively encourage the maximisation of benefits at this strategically important location and suggested wording has been set out below. This would ensure clarity that the Council are seeking to capture the maximum benefit from
Barton Willmore (M Ed Pigott) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Design Policy DS2: Sustainable Design and Renewable/Low Carbon Energy Generation

  • Comment ID: pol/270
  • Status: Accepted
Policy DS2 sets out that sustainable design and construction will be integral to new development. All planning applications must include evidence that a list of requirements have been addressed. It should be clarified within the wording of the policy that these requirements should only be included within a scheme, if feasible. Any requirement within a policy should be evidenced and justified by the Council and it should be shown that it will not impact upon the viability of development and the d
Barton Willmore (M Ed Pigott) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Spatial policies Policy SP7: Heathrow Airport

  • Comment ID: pol/263
  • Status: Accepted
The Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS) received Parliamentary approval in June 2018. Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) have recently confirmed that they will be undertaking a final round of consultation in April 2020, due to the decision by the Civil Aviation Authority to cap early costs, prior to submitting a Development Consent Order (DCO) application 'towards the end of 2020'. Subject to the DCO being approved, the third runway is currently forecast to open between early 2028 and late 202
Barton Willmore (M Ed Pigott) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Design Policy DS3: Heritage Conservation and Landscape

  • Comment ID: pol/271
  • Status: Accepted
The first Paragraph of Policy DS3 sets out that the Council will seek to preserve, conserve and enhance as appropriate the architectural, historic and landscape character of the Borough. This policy is currently inconsistent with Section 16 of the NPPF given there is no requirement within this document to enhance heritage assets as part of a development proposal. As such, the wording should be amended to reflect this fact and to ensure consistency with the NPPF. Suggested Policy Wording Policy
Barton Willmore (M Ed Pigott) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E1: Green Belt

  • Comment ID: pol/264
  • Status: Accepted
With regards to the Green Belt, Paragraph 136 of the NPPF sets out that Green Belt boundaries should only be altered where 'exceptional circumstances' are fully evidenced and justified, through the preparation or updating of plans. Before concluding that exceptional circumstances exist to justify changes to Green Belt boundaries, the strategic policy-making authority should be able to demonstrate that it has examined fully all other reasonable options for meeting its identified need for developm
Barton Willmore (M Ed Pigott) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Infrastructure and Delivery Policy ID1: Infrastructure and delivery

  • Comment ID: pol/272
  • Status: Accepted
Policy ID1 sets out that that Council will seek to secure the required level of infrastructure to support the development. It is important that the is clear that any contributions sought are in line with the requirements of the NPPF and the CIL Regulations. Any policy requirement should also be evidence based and should not impact upon the viability of development which could stifle the delivery of much-needed employment floorspace. Suggested Policy Wording Policy ID1: Infrastructure and delive
Barton Willmore (M Ed Pigott) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E2: Flooding

  • Comment ID: pol/265
  • Status: Accepted
Paragraph 2 of Policy E2 (Flooding) sets out that new development will be guided to areas of lowest flood risk from all sources of flooding through the application of the sequential test. It is considered that this paragraph should be re-worded given the sequential test is not required in all instances. As currently written, there is potential for confusion. The requirement to minimise flood risk where individual sites contain different flood zones is also unclear and should be clarified. In ad
Barton Willmore (M Ed Pigott) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Infrastructure and Delivery Policy ID2: Sustainable Transport for New Developments

  • Comment ID: pol/273
  • Status: Accepted
Policy ID2 concerns sustainable development and sets out the Council's requirements in relation to highways and parking. The Council should ensure that any policy requirement is fully evidenced, justified and tested for viability to ensure that it does not fetter the delivery of much needed employment floorspace. Any requirement for a contribution/obligation must be in line with the tests set out within Paragraph 55 of the NPPF and Regulation 122 of the CIL Regulations. In addition to the above
Barton Willmore (M Ed Pigott) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E3: Environmental Protection

  • Comment ID: pol/266
  • Status: Accepted
Within the third Paragraph of the Policy E3, the Council have listed out the noise mitigation measures which they expect as part of any development. It is considered that additional wording should be included to make it clear that other mitigation measures are available, and the solution will be site-specific. The policy is too prescriptive and there is a risk that the scope for more innovative measures will be removed. Within the fourth Paragraph, it sets out that proposals that have an advers
Barton Willmore (M Ed Pigott) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E5: Open Space

  • Comment ID: pol/267
  • Status: Accepted
SEGRO welcome and support the Council's confirmation, within Policy E5, that provision for new open space will only apply to residential development. This should be carried forward into later iterations of the Plan.
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