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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:01

Adur & Worthing District Report: Winter 2013

Written by Bill Freeman

The major issue here is the Adur Draft Plan.

The latest draft has just been published for final public consultation and reaction needs to be posted with the authority by 5pm 7th November 2013. I am up to my eyes in an objection campaign by all residents around the Lancing Shoreham Gap/flood plain and at present have little time available for anything other than that.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:54

Arun District Report: Winter 2013

Written by Peter Carder

Threats to the landscape and the sustainable development of Arun remain as the Local Plan continues to emerge. The review of the Strategic Housing figures undertaken by Arun will be available from early November but would appear to continue to indicate high housing numbers. However without the evidence base and statistical limits of confidence to back up the argument it is difficult to see that this amounts to anything more than holding ones finger up to the wind.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:48

Brighton & Hove District Report: Winter 2013

Written by Stuart Derwent

The countryside “Urban Fringes” lie between the built up area and the boundary of the SDNP. They are important open areas representing our own countryside close to and in many cases within the areas where we live.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:13

Chichester District Report: Winter 2013

Written by Richard Hill

The District Council has lost control over planning applications.

Under para 47 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the 5 year Housing Land Supply (HLS) is based on the District's housing requirements; if that is too high, so also would be the HLS. A typical example was D/12/04410, which proposed 112 houses in Stockbridge. The developers relied on the Council's proposed 5 year HLS, which was too high. After every Parish Council on the Peninsular objected, as did the CPRE and the Harbour Conservancy, planning permission was refused. But on 21 June 2013 the Council re-convened and granted planning permission, without any reference to the previous refusal on the file. That decision was clearly not for sustainable development as required by the NPPF para 197 (and defined in paras 7 and 8, quoting the three dimensions: economic, social and environmental).

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:03

Horsham & Crawley District Report: Winter 2013

Written by Roger F Smith

Horsham District Council (HDC) in its ‘Horsham District Planning Framework (HDPF) Preferred Strategy - Putting the Economy First’ has proposed a housing target of at least 575 houses per year, amounting to 11,500 in the 20 year period to 2031.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:56

Mid-Sussex District Report: Winter 2013

Written by Michael Brown

The major issue is for 10,000 new homes on precious countryside between Sayers Green and Henfield – ‘Mayfields Market Town’.

An application by the Borde Hill estate owners to build a big housing estate at Penlands Farm on the north western edge of Horsham and another next door at Sugworth Farm (though that seems to be on hold).

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