Appeal: 1,800 homes for Surrey aerodrome branded ‘unsustainable location’ in 2009 (The Planner)
“The appeal related to Dunsfold Park, the largest brownfield site in the Waverley borough council area in Surrey. The site is home to Dunsfold Aerodrome, an airfield built by the Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. After the war, it was used for the construction of jet fighters. It became known more recently as the site of the test track used in the BBC programme Top Gear.
The proposals, submitted by Dunsfold Airport Limited and Rutland Limited, comprise 1,800 homes, 7,500 square metres of care accommodation, commercial, business and recreation uses, and a health and community centre. More than 8,000 square metres of existing buildings would be demolished to make way for the scheme.
Outline permission for a new settlement on the site was refused by then-secretary of state Hazel Blears in 2009. After Waverley Borough Council approved the present application in December 2016, it was called in by Javid for his own determination.
Javid noted that since the 2009 scheme, the context of the area had also changed. Among other things, the area’s housing need had become “massively greater”, and the appeal site, which was described as “inherently unsustainable” in 2009, had now been allocated for development in the new local plan with “strong support” from the examining inspector.”
The secretary of state’s decision – case reference 3171287 – can be read here.
Appeal: Javid backs neighbourhood plan by refusing 220 homes (The Planner)
The Housing Secretary has backed North Somerset Council in refusing permission for 220, attaching significant weight to the Backwell Neighbourhood Plan.
‘North Somerset Council refused permission for the scheme on the grounds that it would conflict with the Backwell Neighbourhood Plan (NP), ‘made’ and adopted in March 2015, which it argued does not allocate the site for development.
The plans were opposed by the local parish council and residents' association, and 923 letters of objection were received at appeal stage.
Javid ruled that although the NP does not state a “specific quantum” of homes to be built, it does indicate sites where “development will be supported”. When read as a whole, therefore, it could be considered to allocate sites for housing. As a result, he ruled, all three of the criteria required by the Written Ministerial Statement were met, and the NP should be afforded significant weight.
The inspector’s report – case reference 3153935 – can be read here.
RTPI signs national commitment to improve health through housing (Royal Town Planning Institute)
“Housing plays an essential role in health and wellbeing – homes provide the foundation for healthy, independent, successful lives - and should play a greater role in joined up action on improving health and better health and social care services, says the RTPI.
The RTPI has reaffirmed its commitment this week - along with 25 other government, health and built environment organisations – to joint action to promote better health and well being outcomes.”
10 large scale UK infrastructure projects (Barbour Product Search)
“Based on data from Barbour AB we compiled a list of the UK’s current most exciting high value, large scale infrastructure projects:
- Transpennine route upgrade – Leeds, West Yorkshire;
- Birmingham Spur HS2 line – Birmingham, West Midlands;
- Dover Western Docks Revival – Dover, Kent;
- Trafford Park Metrolink Scheme – Manchester, Greater Manchester;
- Thirlmere to West Cumbria link water mains – Cumbria;
- Channel Tunnel interconnector project – Folkstone, Kent;
- Gatwick Airport Pier 6 extension – Gatwick, West Sussex;
- M1 Junctions 23A to 25 smart motorway – Nottingham, Nottinghamshire;
- M5 Oldbury Viaduct maintenance – Oldbury, West Midlands; and
- Carmarthenshire Dock East Quay outfall pipe – Llanellie, Dyfed”