East Hoathly Village Concerns Blog

lots of acronyms – please see categories: Abbreviations

Is WDC driven by cash and not community interests?

NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) para 48 allows for the inclusion of windfall sites (i.e. current applications) within housing targets and the 5-year housing land supply in Districts where there is a strong record of windfall delivery. Wealden has such a record. Contributions from windfalls are included in housing totals in other approved Sussex local plans. Why not here? (see ‘Response to Wealden Local Plan’ from CPRE Sussex: http://www.cpresussex.org.uk/…/2651-response-to-wealden-loc…).
This is the baffling statement from our WDC cabinet member for Planning and Development (who is also our Clerk to the Parish Council); to quote:
“””
…The legal advice is that we cannot include windfalls in the calculation. The NPPF (paragraph 48) does state that windfalls can be included in future projections but only if there is “compelling evidence” that these will take place. We are obtaining advice on exactly what constitutes “compelling evidence” in order to be able to seek ways of including windfalls in the future….
“”” (see live video:https://www.facebook.com/HallandVillage/videos/280033372331588/).
The preferred options allocate very high levels of new housing to several villages – in the near term East Hoathly will double in size! This is not to support the rural economy and simply plans for a substantial increase in long distance commuting by the private car. This is extremely unsustainable, and thus contrary to NPPF paras 30, 34, 37, 38 & 95.

 

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