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

Comment ID pol/298
Document Section Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Housing Policy H1: Homes for All View all on this section
Respondent Harris Lamb (Mr Sean Rooney) View all by this respondent
Response Date 21 Jan 2020
Comment

As aforementioned in our response to Policy SP3 we consider that the proposed housing supply of 9,057 units is insufficient to meet Spelthorne’s housing requirement of 9,045 units, or 603 dwellings per annum over the plan period (2020 – 2035). This supply has little contingency to account for the questionable delivery of many of the proposed housing supply sites.

The Policy states with regard to Specialist Accommodation that ‘The provision of well-designed specialist forms of accommodation, including sheltered housing, care homes and other appropriate forms of accommodation for the elderly and those with particular needs, will be permitted provided that the development:
a) Meets demonstrable established local community need;
b) Is in a sustainable location, with access to appropriate services and facilities where these are not provided on site. This includes public transport, shops, local services, community facilities and social networks.’

The need for different types, sizes and tenures of homes required has been assessed through the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) 2015 and SHMA update 2019. This includes accommodation needs of families, older people, people with disabilities, service families, people wishing to build their own homes and students. The SHMA’s identify a need for 1086 specialist units with support; 404 specialist units with care; and 589 Specialist care bed spaces to accommodate an ageing population in Spelthorne, with the number of residents aged over 65 projected to increase by 41.4% up to 2035. Care bed spaces are in high demand in Spelthorne. With an ageing population the number of people with disabilities is expected to increase substantially in the future resulting in a need for 37 registered care bed spaces per annum.

The SHMA data also suggests that across the Borough some 32% of households contain someone with a Long-Term Health Problem or Disability (LTHPD). It is estimated that the number of people with a LTHPD will increase by around 3,465 (a 31% increase) by 2035.
The population increase of people with a LTHPD represents at least 24% of the total increase in the population estimated by the projections.

In summary, the data used in the SHMA suggests a current shortfall in all sectors of 889 units and 201 bed spaces. Projecting these rates forward the changing and aging population results in an additional need for 601 units and 389 bed spaces. In total, without additional supply there will be a 1,490 shortfall in specialist units and 589 bed spaces by 2035.

Taking this into consideration, there is a clear and established need for care facilities in the borough, however, despite the significant demand there is no specific requirement in the Preferred Options Document and just two suggested sites in the Preferred Site Allocations Document. Therefore, the Land at Kestrel, Stanwell Moor presents the opportunity to assist the borough in meeting the demonstrable established local community need identified within the SHMA. In addition, it is located in a highly sustainable location, less than 400m from the centre of Stanwell Moor and just 120m from a bus stop, to the east of the site on Horton Road, serving the number 400, 442, 655, and 667 buses linking the site to Staines, Shepperton, Heathrow Airport and the wider transport network. Whilst the site is currently within the Green Belt, we consider that it plays a highly limited role given the surrounding urbanised context and the fact that it is a previously developed brownfield site. This has been further explored in our response to Policy E1 Green Belt below.

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