Draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036

Comment ID /2479
Document Section Draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036 Housing (Key Questions) Policy 23 - Ancillary Accommodation Policy 23- Ancilliary Accommodation View all on this section
Respondent Mr Elliott Fielding View all by this respondent
Response Date 25 Mar 2020
What is the nature of this comment?
  • Observation
Summary
I think this is largely a positive policy but request further details to enable: applicants to make informed planning applications, HDC officers evidence based decisions not subjective rulings on applications & HDC more able to fight challenges by those unsuccessful with an application reducing both officers time and costs to HDC.
Expand policy to include other needs to reduce burdens on Housing registers & enable families to support themselves with less demands on HDC & reduced budget demands.
Comment

With regards to Policy 23 point 1 I ask what sort of detail is required to demonstrate a “genuine need”?  How will planning officers assess this need and what sort of data is required by an applicant?

If a need is to cater for grown up children who are unable to afford a property of their own at the earliest stage of their careers or if their marriage/partnership sadly breaks down would their need be considered genuine?  This would remove the demand on affordable units in the District and could enable families to remain in the community they live and work in.

How will HDC ensure a suitable response when an application is trying to prepare for future needs prior to a crisis?  An example could be the desire to build accommodation for nursing staff or carers prior to requiring them and so reducing the stress and strains of failing health or sadly getting older.

What is required by Policy 23 point 3?  It requires a “clear functional link between the annexe and the host dwelling, including shared access arrangements.” What does HDC require an applicant to demonstrate to satisfy the “clear functional link” beyond shared access arrangements?

Proposed Change i) Expand this policy to cater for others with demonstrable needs e.g. relations of applicant/owner of the main dwelling who have a need that would otherwise require them to put themselves on social or affordable housing registers in the District.
ii) Provision of details required by HDC to enable applicants to demonstrate their genuine needs. This should be detailed to avoid unnecessary subjective and potentially inconsistent decision making to reduce future challenges to HDC decisions.
iii) HDC provide details to aid applicants when they attempt to show the “clear functional link between the annex and the host dwelling, including shared access arrangements”. This should be detailed to avoid unnecessary subjective and potentially inconsistent decision making to reduce future challenges to HDC decisions.
iv) Ensure applicants can get planning permission and build an annex to meet their future needs to avoid a crisis, e.g. plan for failing health or reduced independence in a measured way to avoid further stress that could be reduced.
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