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Local Plan Adoption

Meeting: 26/02/2018 - Council (Item 38)

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At the outset of the item, and under Standing Order 10.1, a deputation was heard from Ms Emily Brothers on behalf of a group of local residents.


Councillor Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee, then moved the adoption of the minute.

Meeting: 13/02/2018 - Housing, Economy and Business Committee (Item 48)

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On 12 April 2017, the council submitted its Draft Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. A Planning Inspector was appointed and held public hearings on the plan in September. In November, the council undertook a consultation on the main modifications to the plan, advised by the Inspector. The Inspector has yet to issue his report but the main modifications necessary to make the plan sound give an indication of what the Inspector’s Report is likely to include.


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Duncan Clarke, Strategic Planning Manager, presented the report.


Members asked about the Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land designations, and the decisions made by the inspector on those points. The Strategic Planning Manager responded that the Inspector’s intent was to aid the Council by removing the Green Belt designation at the Gypsy and Traveller sites and extensions at Woodmansterne and the Metropolitan Open Land designations at Rosehill Park for a secondary school. Andy Webber, Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning, added that the Inspector removed the designations to remove the barriers to subsequent planning applications, however this was against the opinion of the officers.


Members asked for clarification on affordable housing and what was classed as affordable, expressing their concerns. The Strategic Planning Manager detailed that the Local Plan had proposed a boroughwide target of 50% for all new housing to be affordable (including private sites and sites developed by Registered Providers). However the Inspector had recommended that the target should be changed to 35% for private developments. Further explanation was given to different types of affordable housing such as London Living Rents and shared ownership.


In reference to Paragraph 4.8 of the report, members sought information on the Beddington Farmlands. The Strategic Planning Manager outlined that with predicted housing and population increase in the borough, the council had identified a need for 40.500sq m of new industrial floorspace and had argued that all this floorspace could come through the intensification of uses on existing industrial estates.  However, the Inspector decided that the existing industrial land could only provide an additional 20,000 sq m. Therefore, he recommended that in order to make the plan sound a further 20,000sq m of industrial land (or 4.4ha) should be allocated on open space at Beddington Farmlands. 


At the discretion of the Chair, resident Emily Brothers addressed the committee under standing order 10.1 in regards to Metropolitan Open Land at Rosehill Park and housing regeneration.

In response, officers highlighted that:

  • In regards to Rosehill and the school proposal, two site searches were carried out and both identified the Rosehill and Belmont sites as the most suitable sites to meet secondary school need in the borough.


  • In regards to the Sutton West site suggested by petitioners, this was just over a hectare in size and irregular in shape, meaning it would be difficult to accommodate a modern day secondary school.


  • In regards to the housing regeneration and feasibility studies, these are investigatory in nature and there would be future consultation with residents dependent on the feasibility studies proving regeneration is viable for the sites. Officers referenced the principles of regeneration and consultation timetable, both agreed by the committee in 2017.


  • The Council remains committed to following the Mayor’s Good Practice Guide.


Members then queried what the protections were for Areas of Special Local Character. The Strategic Planning Manager responded that the Local Plan now gives the same protections awarded to Conservation Areas.


Finally, Members asked what impact the Mayor’s London Plan could have on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 48