Questions asked at our consultation events - Rural Bassetlaw public questions

Questions raised on 16 December 2020

Is there an agreed target for percentage development in rural villages?

The Local Plan Policy ST2 is proposing a 20% growth requirement for Large Rural Settlements and a 5% growth requirement for Small Rural Settlements.

Policy ST1 proposes a minimum of 1500 dwellings across the eligible Small Rural Settlements. Growth should not exceed the number of dwellings in eligible settlements by more than 5%, unless identified by a Neighbourhood Plan. However the table in part C of Policy ST2 only totals 453 dwellings. Furthermore, when looking at the Rural Monitoring Table October 2020, the amount of growth for Small Rural Settlements (column K) totals 587 dwellings. Why are these figures different to each other and why do they not total 1,500? Where are the dwellings going to come from to make either of the above figures up to 1,500? Is this intended to be provided in Neighbourhood Plans where communities choose to go over the 5% for their parish? Or is this offset (partially or fully) by committed growth? Clarification would be appreciated. (submitted by Chave Planning).

The monitoring is updated and review on a monthly basis. Any discrepancies or issues identified through consultation will be addressed accordingly.

How will you stop cars to access long lane if it still needs access for agricultural land? Can a skatepark be built for the youth. How are the local schools going to cope

Long Lane will be for the use of existing residents and to those who need access to private land. No vehicular access will be to and from Long Lane via the proposed development site. The vehicle access will be from Ollerton Road.

When were villages categorised and when will they be reclassified. Example East Markham would fit more into a large rural settlement category than rural. Why is it categorised as small?

A sustainability criteria was established for all rural settlements as part of the Local Plan consultation in January. This criteria is based on a settlements’ size and the level of services and facilities it has to offer. The criteria has been amended for this consultation following responses to the consultation in January 2020. BDC is required to review the Local Plan every five years, and any potential review of classifications would form part of this.

In some communities, there are individuals who are very anti building. How can landowners challenge PC members who aim to prevent building based on personal issues? One on our village is currently being investigated for bullying.

Local politics or personal issues are not considered a Local Plan related issue. We recommend you contact your local Parish Council to discuss your concerns.

Why is Tuxford Ollerton Road site appearing as non-negotiable? Especially concerning many concerns over traffic and lack of infrastructure

The site has been appraised for its potential in terms of development. This has taken place at a District and a local level. Any constraints that have been identified have been factored into its size and the proposed number of dwellings. The proposed Policy also identified a development criteria whereby other issues or concerns can be effectively managed as part of its development in the future.

Please could you clarify how the 5% is measured?

The 5% growth requirement has been based on the existing number of dwellings per settlement (as of August 2018) for example, if there are 100 dwellings in a settlement, then applying a 5% increase would equate to 5 dwellings. In addition, the monitoring of the growth requirements will also take into account any planning permissions that have been granted from the 1st April 2018. Rural Monitoring.

What is the baseline date used for the 5% calc?

August 2018 is the baseline for the counting of existing dwellings in each settlement.

How will agricultural vehicles access the remaining land off Long Lane if not along Long Lane as now. Through the new proposed housing development?

There will be no change to the access through Long Lane.

Will the Draft BLP await revised Neighbourhood Plans before finalisation?

No, the Local Plan is being prepared through different legislation. However, where possible, the Local Plan is and will continue to respect made Neighbourhood Plans and those that are in preparation.                                            

What percentage of homes on the Tuxford site will be affordable housing. How will this be managed via private companies or through BDC?

It is proposed that 20% of the units will be considered affordable housing.

What % of housing in East Markham will be affordable housing?

There is no identified figure for affordable housing.  

Highways should consider the traffic congestion on Ollerton Road before development is agreed there.

Highways have been, and will continue to be, consulted through the Local Plan process.

We raised concerns over the Ollerton Road site during the last consultation but you took no notice. Why should we believe you will consider our objections now?

As part of assessing the sites suitability for development, the Council have consulted the highway department and they have provided comments that have contributed to the development of the proposed policy for the site.

What is the process if a landowner wants to build affordable housing on a site (just because they are jolly nice people) on a less than 10 size site.

The National Planning Policy framework supports exception sites for 100% affordable homes where there is a demonstrated need for them. In addition, affordable housing schemes can be delivered through the Neighbourhood Plan process.



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