Over the last few years we have been working on the Local Plan for housing at EHDC.
The first section – our objectively assessed need (How many new homes we need and where in the district they should go) – was reviewed and judged to be sound just about 14 months ago. This was when development interest was at its highest in East Hants.
The second section – The Allocations Plan (the specific sites that should be picked including LEOH) – has in the last few weeks also been judged by the planning inspector to be sound. Over the last 12 months we have been able to use the early versions of this plan to refuse applications like Chalk Hill Road and Blendworth lane.
We are now working on the third section which includes updating the gaps, SPB (Settlement Policy Boundary) and allocating sites for travellers in the district.
The local plan needs to be reviewed every 5 years or so in a few years time we will need to show that we are on track to prevent developers taking opportunity locally.
The very good news is that we were also able to convince the inspector that the 120 dwellings in the ‘Care Village’ could also be counted and this increases our buffer significantly.