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Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan 2014-2036 Green Belt Preferred Options ConsultationThu, 27th April 2017

Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan 2014-2036 Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation

The Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan (2014-2036) - Green Belt Preferred Options consultation will run until 12 December 2016.  The Parish Council have examined the Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation Document (Oct-Dec 2016) and evidence base and have added the infromation below into their response to the consultation.  Please take the time to read the consultation document and send your own response using this link.

Chalfont St Giles Parish Council Response to the Green Belt Consultation

Ten sites in Chalfont St Giles were considered in Part One of the Green Belt Assessment. All of the sites were recommended NOT to be considered further. The main reason for their rejection and exclusion from further consideration is because they are located within the Green Belt. The Parish Council welcomes this but we would like assurance that now these sites have been excluded from further consideration that they will not be re-considered within some later stage.

We would like to refer back to the comments made for the Issues and Options stage in relation to HELAA CD0219. The Parish Council considers that the Blizzards Yard Car Park site is unsuitable for development due to its location within the flood plain of the river Misbourne, directly above the route of HS2 (within a safeguarded area) and the loss of the car park would be devastating for local businesses.

Site number HELAA CD0053 Cherry Tree Corner states that the site which is within Jordans Village located within Green Belt would be subject to planning policies which restrict any development to limited infill and extensions. The Parish Council agrees with this. It is assumed as neither of these sites appear in the Green Belt Assessments that they have been discounted and excluded from further consideration.

The Part Two Green Belt Assessment is currently in draft form and its scope follows on from the recommendations set out in Part One. Part of the scope is to consider whether ‘exceptional circumstances’ exist to justify any alteration to the Green Belt boundary. The areas to be considered are only the areas identified by Part One as being the more weakly performing sites in terms of the NPPF. In other words no sites in Chalfont St Giles are being revisited or up for consideration to be released from the Green Belt.

The Parish Council supports the latest proposals promoted in Part Two as it demonstrates our belief that the Green Belt around Chalfont St Giles performs strongly against the purposes of the Green Belts as stipulated with the NPPF. It should therefore be safeguarded from all forms of inappropriate development. In this regard, the Parish Council supports the latest proposals, the subject of this consultation.

Table 5 (page 31 of the Draft Green Belt Assessment part 2) of this document lists all areas of land submitted for consideration where it is not possible to identify a potential NPPF compliant Green Belt boundary at Stage 1 (not considered further). All of the listed sites (except 1.09) in Chalfont St Giles (sites 4.145 – 4.161and 4.168) appear on this list and therefore are not recommended for release from the Green Belt. Table 6: Areas of land passing the Part Two Green Belt purpose (not considered further)(page 42 of the Green Belt Assessment Part 2) contains site reference 1.09 – area North East of Chalfont St Giles, which confirms that no sites are being proposed to take forward into the Plan for release from the Green Belt for housing sites.

The Part Two Assessment confirms that only 39 sites progressed to Stage 3 of the Assessment, where it is considered possible to identify a potential revised boundary to the Green Belt that would meet NPPF requirements. Of these 39 sites, it was considered that exceptional circumstances may only apply to 27 of them. Part Two considers that these sites are the starting point for the Draft Local Plan for the council in choosing which sites to release from the Green Belt within its preferred options.

Site 1.09 – Area North East of Chalfont St Giles is described as being weakly performing against the Green Belt purposes and is capable of having a defined and defensible Green Belt boundary but due to development constraints and potential environmental/landscape impacts, exceptional circumstances are not demonstrated to remove it from the AONB.

Sites 4.145 to 4.157 within Chalfont St Giles were not put forward for consideration by the Parish Council but by land owners and promoters through the Call for Sites process.  All of these sites have been recommended to not be considered further.

The Parish Council agree with the assessments made within all of these documents and endorse the methodology undertaken to rule out Green Belt sites from development that perform well against the 5 functions of the Green Belt as set out in the NPPF.

It is not intended that we make individual comments to each of the sites. However it is our view that the Green Belt Assessment and Green Belt Development Options Appraisal have demonstrated a logical and thorough assessment of each section and individual sites against the 5 functions of the Green Belt required by the NPPF, namely:

  • To check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas;
  • To prevent neighbouring towns merging;
  • Safeguarding the countryside from encroachment;
  • Preserving the setting and special character of historic towns;
  • Assisting urban regeneration by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land.