Draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036

Comment ID /2245
Document Section Draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036 Economic Development (Key Questions) Retail Strategic Policy 13 - Town Centre Uses Strategic Policy 13 - Town Centre Uses View all on this section
Respondent Miss Katie Golds View all by this respondent
Response Date 24 Mar 2020
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Ashington appears to be being kept 'under the radar'...

I wish to highlight the statement made at the start of the section that ‘New strategic-scale development will need to help provide local employment opportunities for new residents.’ There is no justification for the threshold of 800 dwellings to define a strategic site (para. 6.29). Ashington should be highlighted:

A strategic allocation is one that is of fundamental importance to the delivery of the overall plan strategy and it is evident that, given the quantum of growth proposed for a settlement the scale of Ashington (a 63% increase in the number of households, compared with 2011), the growth proposed here is of strategic importance. However, the strategy for Ashington does not make any allowance for employment development. This means that the growing working population of Ashington will, like the existing working population, be forced to find employment opportunities well outside the local area.

Moreover, they will need, like the existing working population, to travel predominantly by car to access these employment opportunities due to the limited public transport network serving the village. Based on the 2011 Census, 81% of those in Ashington parish in employment travelled to work by car, compared with just 69% for Horsham district as a whole. By contrast, just 1% of Ashington workers travelled by bus.

Proposed Change Review the Local Plan for Ashington Village, please.