JB Planning Associates argument that the proposed allocation of a new settlement at Winchfield, Hampshire would be unsound has been supported by the Hart Local Plan Examination Inspector.
Last week the Inspector advised the District Council about the further steps or main modifications necessary for the Plan to be made legally compliant and / or sound. His advice is set out in a letter dated 26 February 2019, which can be viewed here.
Policy SS3 of the Submission Draft Local Plan stated the Council’s commitment to preparing a New Settlement Development Plan Document (DPD) after the adoption of the Plan, and identified an Area of Search at Murrell Green / Winchfield for the delivery of up to 5,000 dwellings.
The Inspector’s Post Examination letter identified fundamental concerns with regard to the soundness of Policy SS3 and the Council’s accompanying Sustainability Appraisal (SA), particularly:
JB Planning Associates produced an extensive range of technical evidence to demonstrate the unsuitability of the proposed allocation, especially drawing upon the expertise of our landscape consultant.
The Inspector agreed with JB Planning Associates that in terms of the overall housing requirement, Policy SS3 was not required for the Plan to be sound, and he recommended that it should be removed through Main Modifications.
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