Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 3 - Housing strategy MM/025 MM/025 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 337
Respondent Bellway Homes Ltd (Kent) [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Huw James - ECE Planning
Response Date 27 Jan 2020
Comment

We are writing to you on behalf of the site promoter Bellway Homes Ltd (Kent) in support of the emerging designated housing site ‘Part of Allotment Gardens, Manston Road’ in response to the Council’s consultation on the Main Modifications to the Thanet District Council Draft Local Plan to 2031. We have reviewed the Main Modifications and offer the following comments on behalf of the site promoter.

Housing Delivery

Given the greater emphasis that has been placed by the Planning Inspector through the proposed Main Modifications on ensuring that the capacity of land in urban areas is maximised, we entirely support the proposed Main Modification MM/025 to the Emerging Planning Policy SP11 (Housing Strategy). The Modification provides amendments to the Policy wording “to allow for at least 17,140 additional homes in the period of 2031” rather than “a total of 17,140 homes”.

This modification by inserting the reference to a ‘minimum’ number of dwellings provides the added flexibility in the policy to allow for development above 17,140 dwellings. This is fully supported as it is considered to allow for suitable development sites to provide additional capacity within the District, ensuring the land is efficiently developed, which will help to provide sufficient housing provision.

Conclusion

Bellway Homes Ltd (Kent) will continue to work with the Council to bring the site forward for development within the next 5 years. However, in the meantime, we respectfully request that Policy 11 be amended omitting the reference to a 80 unit capacity for the ‘Part of Allotment Gardens, Manston Road’ site and replacing it with 109 unit capacity. This is therefore considered to support the Council’s development strategy to accommodate further housing the urban areas of the district.

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