Draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036

Question Summary

We have posed a number of questions throughout this document. In addition this section collates all the questions into one single location.

Chapter 3 - Spatial Objectives

  • Do you agree with the spatial context – is there anything else we should add?
  • Do you agree with the Objectives for the new Local Plan?
  • Are there any others which you would suggest?

All chapters from 5 to 10

  • Do you agree with the draft policies in this section?
  • If not, what changes would you suggest?

Chapter 6 - Housing Number Options

  • The work to understand the suitability, sustainability, delivery and infrastructure implications is ongoing and your views on these issues are important to us and will feed in to the options that are taken forward for examination.
  • Which of the housing options above do you think the Council should set as our housing number?
  • If you think the number should be different to the above what level of growth do you think we should provide. What evidence do you have for this?
  • What do you consider to be the challenges to this Council in bringing forward the increase in housing development to meet the Government’s unprecedented change in housing growth?

Chapter 6 - Potential Housing Allocation Options

  • What are your views on the site assessment process, and the potential development sites that are identified in this and the supporting documentation?
  • How do you consider these sites would bring forward development that accords with wider sustainable development principles that balances the need for economic growth with social and environmental requirements as identified in the NPPF?

Chapter 6 -Strategic Site Principles

Please consider the strategic site development principles set out in the draft policy above. We would welcome your views on whether this policy captures all the requirements that new development can provide, or whether there are any omissions. We would also welcome your thoughts as to how the requirements set out in this policy can be practicably achieved and how any obstacles that it may present can be addressed. 

  • Do you think the draft policy captures all the requirements that new development can provide? If not, what would you add?
  • How do you think the requirements in this policy could be practicably achieved? And how could we address any obstacles?

Chapter 6 - Smaller Site Options

  • Do you agree that smaller scale sites will also be needed to meet the Council’s housing requirements?
  • Will the approach of allocating land for over 50 homes in the Local Plan help to provide certainty of delivery, particularly in the short to medium term? Should there be a different threshold?
  • Do you consider this approach will allow existing neighbourhood plans that are undergoing preparation to be completed and minimise the need for them to undertake a review in the short term, whilst allowing the opportunity for communities to do this if they wish? Do you have any suggestions for a different approach?
  • What are your views on the shortlisted sites and the proposed housing number for each settlement?

Chapter 6 – Affordable Housing

  • Do you consider that, if supported by viability evidence, the target for providing affordable housing on housing sites should be increased? If so, what % of affordable housing should the Council be seeking?
  • Should the Council seek to use the threshold for affordable housing of 10 dwellings on all sites? Are there occasions when it may not be appropriate and if so, what should the threshold be?

Chapter 6 – Gypsy and Traveller accommodation

  • Do you agree with the draft policy on Gypsy and Traveller sites? If not, please give details as to why not or how the policy could be changed.
  • In terms of meeting the identified need for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople, do you agree with the approach of intensifying existing authorised sites, if required, in addition to identifying a number of strategic and non-strategic sites? 
  • If possible, do you think that the Council should allocate all identified need on a number of new sites?  Should these all be strategic (1000 dwellings +), or a range of large and smaller sites?

Chapter 7 – Green Belt designation

  • Do you agree that we should consider whether the designation of Green Belt may be appropriate in this District?
  • Do you have any suggestions for the sites or locations which may be appropriate for designation?
  • Why do you consider that the land you have suggested meets the NPPF criteria as set out in paragraph 7.26?