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FOI 12771

Local Plan

Request

Please can you tell me if the council is currently updating its Local Plan or has recently adopted a new Local Plan.
If so, please answer the following questions:
  • How many homes did the council plan to deliver in earlier draft Local Plans? How many does it plan to deliver in the latest draft or adopted plan?
  • How many hectares of green belt and greenfield land did the council plan to build on in earlier Local Plan drafts? How many hectares does it plan to build on in the latest draft or adopted plan?

Response


I am responding to your information request. This relates to the Brentwood Local Plan process, proposed new homes, Green Belt and Greenfield land. After consideration, please find the below information in response to your questions.

We have focused on proposed housing development as your questions seem to relate to this. Further information about wider issues can be found in the Council’s latest Local Plan consultation document, the Draft Local Plan (2016) available to view online www.brentwood.gov.uk/localplan.

Until publication of the Local Plan Preferred Options (2013) consultation document Brentwood Borough Council's housing targets were set by the (then) regional plan, the East of England Plan, which specified housing growth for the Borough of a minimum of 175 new homes per year.

The East of England Plan was revoked in January 2013, leaving the requirement to plan for 'objectively assessed needs' as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Current evidence suggests an objectively assessed housing need for the Borough of 362 new homes a year, more than double the previous housing target and historic completion rates.

The Local Plan Preferred Options (2013) proposed that the Borough provide 234 new homes a year, a higher development need than the abolished regional target, but due to capacity constraints it did not propose to meet the full objectively assessed housing need.

Following consultation on the Local Plan Preferred Options it became clear that when examining other plans nationwide the Planning Inspectorate was generally finding that those plans not meeting their full development needs were being found 'unsound' on the basis that this did not conform with the NPPF. The latest iteration of Brentwood’s local plan, the Draft Local Plan (2016) proposes 362 new homes a year be provided in the Borough, meeting objectively assessed housing needs in full.

Further information regarding the work carried out to date in support of the Local Development Plan can be found on the Council's website at
http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=1650

Prior to the publication of the Local Plan Preferred Options (2013) the Council was not proposing to build on Greenfield / Green Belt and could meet targets solely on Brownfield land. However, as the housing need situation changed and evidence suggested this was significantly increased, assessments showed that the finite amount of Brownfield land in existing urban areas could not fully meet development needs.

Following consideration of options, the Council proposed to allocate more than the old regional target and the following sites were proposed for development currently within Green Belt to provide around 1,000 new homes (proposed for allocation in the 2013 consultation document). The approximate total Green Belt land used to provide new residential-led development would be 88 hectares.

• Land at Sow & Grow Nursery, Ongar Road, Pilgrims Hatch (Site Ref. 010) (37 dwellings) (Brownfield land in Green Belt) (approx 1.2 hectares)
• West Horndon Strategic Allocation (Site Ref. 020, 021 & 037) (1,500 dwellings) (combination of Brownfield industrial land not in Green Belt and Greenfield land in Green Belt) (combined site area approx 99.36 hectares, approx 83.13 hectares of which in Green Belt)
• Land at Ingatestone Garden Centre, Roman Road, Ingatestone (60 dwellings) (Brownfield land in Green Belt) (approx 3.25 hectares)

In making provision to meet the borough’s full objectively assessed housing need, the Draft Local Plan (2016) consultation document proposed allocation of the following sites currently within Green Belt to provide around 3,890 new homes. The approximate total Green Belt land used to provide new residential-led development would be 291 hectares.

• Land at Sow & Grow Nursery, Ongar Road, Pilgrims Hatch (Site Ref. 010) (37 dwellings) (Brownfield land in Green Belt) (approx 1.2 hectares)
• Land at Honeypot Lane, Brentwood (Site Ref. 022) (250 dwellings) (Greenfield land in Green Belt) (approx 10.9 hectares)
• Land off Doddinghurst Road, either side of A12 (Site Ref. 023) (250 dwellings) (Greenfield land in Green Belt) (approx 7.2 hectares)
• Land east of Nags Head Lane, Brentwood (Site Ref. 032) (150 dwellings) (Greenfield land in Green Belt) (approx 5.8 hectares)
• Officer’s Meadow, Shenfield (Site Ref. 034, 087 & 235) (600 dwellings) (Greenfield land in Green Belt) (combined approx site area 23.49 hectares)
• Land adjacent to Ingatestone by-pass (Site Ref. 079A) (42 dwellings) (approx 1.39 hectares)
• Land at Ingatestone Garden Centre, Roman Road, Ingatestone (60 dwellings) (Brownfield land in Green Belt) (approx 3.25 hectares)
• Dunton Hills Garden Village (Site Ref. 200) (2,500 dwellings) (approx 237.49 hectares)

It should be noted that the above sites may not be entirely developed and removed from Green Belt. Development coverage would need to be master planned and provision of open/green spaces as part of development would be expected for many sites, which could be retained as Green Belt.

89% of Brentwood Borough is within Metropolitan Green Belt. If the above proposed sites from the Draft Local Plan (2016) were removed from Green Belt to accommodate development to meet local needs this would reduce the total Green Belt coverage in the Borough by 1%, to 88% overall.