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Draft Local Plan - Supplementary Consultation

Site Selection Methodology

Representation ID: 7618

Received: 12/03/2019

Respondent: BFNAG

Representation Summary:

While the methodology purports to be objective, the application is subjective and inconsistent.
As the number of dwellings is open to revision it is difficult to make a valued judgement on where houses should be built.

Full text:

While the methodology purports to be objective, the application is subjective and inconsistent.
As the number of dwellings is open to revision it is difficult to make a valued judgement on where houses should be built. It is not prudent to release land from Green Belt especially in the 'Meriden Gap'. SMBC are its guardians and erosion must be resisted in this critical location. Land is being removed from Green Belt because of HS2. The west coast main line already runs through the area so there is no justification for such a reduction in the Meriden Gap.

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Question 3 - Infrastructure Requirements at Balsall Common

Representation ID: 7621

Received: 12/03/2019

Respondent: BFNAG

Representation Summary:

No infrastructure improvements have been made over many years and the village is already at capacity. Before further development key facilities need to be fully assessed.
Parking, at the station and in the centre, needs improvement.
While a by-pass may be welcomed, traffic analysis east/west and north/south needs to be undertaken. Viability (and air-pollution) of a route to the west as well as the east must be considered. There is concern that the route through Barratt's Farm is not a by-pass but a feeder road for housing. The latter might be welcomed to ensure no access from existing residential roads.

Full text:

No infrastructure improvements have been made over many years and the village is already at capacity. Before further development key facilities need to be fully assessed.
Parking, at the station and in the centre, needs improvement.
While a by-pass may be welcomed, traffic analysis east/west and north/south needs to be undertaken. Viability (and air-pollution) of a route to the west as well as the east must be considered. There is concern that the route through Barratt's Farm is not a by-pass but a feeder road for housing. The latter might be welcomed to ensure no access from existing residential roads.

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Question 4 - Site 1 - Barratts Farm

Representation ID: 7624

Received: 12/03/2019

Respondent: BFNAG

Representation Summary:

There are better alternatives to releasing such a large area from Green Belt in the narrowest part of the Meriden Gap. Will not be available until HS2 is complete.
Concept Master Plans are welcomed but we've major concerns that, over the long term, pressure from multiple landowners/developers will result in significant changes to the detriment of both new and existing residents.
No notice has been taken of Berkswell's NDP especially regarding the concept plan. This states no access to new development off residential roads (MHL, Oxhayes Close, Barretts Lane) and requires open public spaces between existing and new settlements.

Full text:

There are better alternatives to releasing such a large area from Green Belt in the narrowest part of the Meriden Gap. Will not be available until HS2 is complete.
Concept Master Plans are welcomed but we've major concerns that, over the long term, pressure from multiple landowners/developers will result in significant changes to the detriment of both new and existing residents.
No notice has been taken of Berkswell's NDP especially regarding the concept plan. This states no access to new development off residential roads (MHL, Oxhayes Close, Barretts Lane) and requires open public spaces between existing and new settlements.

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Question 7 - Site 21 - Pheasant Oak Farm

Representation ID: 7626

Received: 12/03/2019

Respondent: BFNAG

Representation Summary:

Building on brownfield sites is preferable even if it currently sits in Green Belt.

Full text:

Building on brownfield sites is preferable even if it currently sits in Green Belt.

Support

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Question 8 - Site 22 - Travellion Stud

Representation ID: 7629

Received: 12/03/2019

Respondent: BFNAG

Representation Summary:

Building on brownfield sites is preferable and although it is currently Green Belt it is not in the narrowest part of the Meriden Gap.

Full text:

Building on brownfield sites is preferable and although it is currently Green Belt it is not in the narrowest part of the Meriden Gap.

Support

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Question 9 - Site 23 - Lavender Hall Farm

Representation ID: 7630

Received: 12/03/2019

Respondent: BFNAG

Representation Summary:

Building on previously developed land is to be encouraged even if it currently sits in Green Belt.

Full text:

Building on previously developed land is to be encouraged even if it currently sits in Green Belt.

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Question 10 - Green Belt Changes

Representation ID: 7631

Received: 12/03/2019

Respondent: BFNAG

Representation Summary:

There is no justification for such a change, other than to provide land for a major development (which could eventually result in excess of 4000 homes) in the narrowest part of the Meriden Gap. While this also may provide some of the revenue to build a by-pass the necessity for this, in this area, is not proven.
It is unacceptable that smaller parcels of land will no longer have the protection of being in Green Belt. This could result in unstructured, random development as individual sites are promoted for development through the normal planning system.

It is not prudent to release land from Green Belt especially in the 'Meriden Gap'. SMBC are its guardians and erosion must be resisted in this critical location. Land is being removed from Green Belt because of HS2. The west coast main line already runs through the area so there is no justification for such a reduction in the Meriden Gap.

Full text:

There is no justification for such a change, other than to provide land for a major development (which could eventually result in excess of 4000 homes) in the narrowest part of the Meriden Gap. While this also may provide some of the revenue to build a by-pass the necessity for this, in this area, is not proven.
It is unacceptable that smaller parcels of land will no longer have the protection of being in Green Belt. This could result in unstructured, random development as individual sites are promoted for development through the normal planning system.

Comment

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Question 37 - Compensatory Provision for removal of land from Green Belt.

Representation ID: 7632

Received: 12/03/2019

Respondent: BFNAG

Representation Summary:

There is a network of footpaths on and around Barratt's Farm which are well used by dog-walkers and walking groups alike. At present these are easily accessed by all residents of Balsall Common and from groups from further afield. It is difficult to see how compensation for these could be achieved, especially with the constraints of HS2 and a possible by-pass and threat of a major road linking A46 and A45.

Full text:

There is a network of footpaths on and around Barratt's Farm which are well used by dog-walkers and walking groups alike. At present these are easily accessed by all residents of Balsall Common and from groups from further afield. It is difficult to see how compensation for these could be achieved, especially with the constraints of HS2 and a possible by-pass and threat of a major road linking A46 and A45.

Comment

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Question 39 - Red Sites

Representation ID: 7635

Received: 12/03/2019

Respondent: BFNAG

Representation Summary:

Site nos 76 and 212 have not been assessed for housing but, while they are in Green Belt, they are PDL and are near both Hampton and Berkswell stations. They are north of Balsall Common, within easy reach of the motorway network, and near employment opportunities. It could provide a purpose-built new settlement.
Site nos 142, 198 and 233 would be an alternative to Barratt's Farm, providing the possibility of a by-pass to the west of Balsall Common. It is also more accessible to the employment opportunities. It could be developed ahead of the completion of HS2.

Full text:

Site nos 76 and 212 have not been assessed for housing but, while they are in Green Belt, they are PDL and are near both Hampton and Berkswell stations. They are north of Balsall Common, within easy reach of the motorway network, and near employment opportunities. It could provide a purpose-built new settlement.
Site nos 142, 198 and 233 would be an alternative to Barratt's Farm, providing the possibility of a by-pass to the west of Balsall Common. It is also more accessible to the employment opportunities. It could be developed ahead of the completion of HS2.

Comment

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Question 44 Are there any other comments

Representation ID: 7637

Received: 12/03/2019

Respondent: BFNAG

Representation Summary:

Before the next iteration of SMBC's DLP work needs to be undertaken to:-
* ascertain that a by-pass for Balsall Common is necessary and traffic flows east/west as well as north/south need to be established.
* Confirm Balsall Common can provide for a 50% increase in population, and once Barratt's Farm is fully developed, potential doubling the number of households
* Confirm that the loss of Green Belt, in the narrowest part of the Meriden Gap, is unavoidable

Full text:

Before the next iteration of SMBC's DLP work needs to be undertaken to:-
* ascertain that a by-pass for Balsall Common is necessary and traffic flows east/west as well as north/south need to be established.
* Confirm Balsall Common can provide for a 50% increase in population, and once Barratt's Farm is fully developed, potential doubling the number of households
* Confirm that the loss of Green Belt, in the narrowest part of the Meriden Gap, is unavoidable

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