The Task: ‘Develop options to support a sustainable development strategy for the delivery of Cornwall Local Plan housing targets for Liskeard to 2030’.
What should new housing achieve for Liskeard?
What impact will new housing have upon:
- the character of the town
- the employment prospects for residents present and future
- the viability of the town centre
- Provision for those in housing need as well as considering balanced housing stock in the town?
The outcome should:
- include a variety of delivery mechanisms, including private and social housing sector provision, community land trusts and community led self-build, and any other mechanisms that are appropriate to meet the housing needs of Liskeard;
- include a variety of sites, maximising infill, redevelopment of brown-field/outworn sites, utilizing empty housing, rounding-off development boundaries, and urban extension where acceptable in planning terms;
- include opportunities to optimise ‘planning gain’ through S106 and Community Infrastructure Levy provision
- give consideration to the needs of small local builders as well as nationally active businesses;
- provide for high quality design and sustainability solutions.
- What do we know? Population statistics & projections – which age-groups will have greatest need in future? We already know we have an aging population
- What do we need to find out? – what do we already have in place? Committed/in process building/brown-field/empty/infill/potential change of use.
- How do the NPPF and Local Plan support/feed in to the process?
- What is the housing need – especially what type of housing is needed within the overall target set by the Cornwall Local Plan? Where are the gaps, and how should they be filled?
- Where should new housing go?
- How much housing can be accommodated in brown-field, empty housing, infill and other small developments?
- How can the remainder be accommodated through urban extension, especially in view of the expressed desire for small community developments?
- What criteria should be used to assess the viability/suitability of sites? For example – topography; water management; connectivity; landscape designation; minimizing environmental impact on what’s already there; infrastructure that’s already in place
- Who should provide new housing especially in view of the stated preference for local builders employing local people (see employment group)?
- What design standards should be applied to ensure quality, energy efficiency and sustainability (see energy and environment and design and heritage)?
Take full account of:
- Affordability – how assessed – what is requirement
- The need to balance the housing stock
- Potential release of Cornwall owned sites/houses/buildings through devolution
- Sustainability, Design standards, Energy efficiency (as noted in survey responses.)
As part of the work:
- Hold engagement sessions with community and stakeholder/industry representatives
- Visit and take advice from expert sources and recognised good practice examples
- Prepare updates for reporting back to the Neighbourhood Plan Team at its monthly meetings
- Prepare a report that makes recommendations on the options for policies and proposals that the NP Team and Town Council should consider taking forward [spring 2015].
Response categories from Community Engagement (number)
- Use of brownfield/empty/infill sites (53)
- Type – family/mixed/starter/elderly (53)
- Size of development – small communities (45)
- Affordability (44)
- Infrastructure/transport links (35)
- Need/demand/numbers (33)
- Protection of green spaces/farmland (28)
- Jobs/employment/local builders/self-build (24)
N.B. Proposals must have regard to economic reality, they must have a planning purpose, and be achievable.
Recommended policies or proposals can be either specific (a site allocation); controlling (in a specific area something will not be permitted; or enabling (developments will be permitted under certain conditions).Share this...