Sustainability Appraisal, Main Mods 2017
Representation ID: 70533
Respondent: Maxine Mayer
Site H48 has not been adequately assessed by WDC for its sustainability.
I object to the inclusion of site H48 on the following grounds:
On review of the various published assessments of the suitability to the inclusion of this proposed site I believe that the suitability of this site has not been assessed thoroughly enough. An early assessment of this site identified that there were access issues and that these would need to be mitigated for the benefit of the Bremridge Close residents. Later assessments did not comment on access and the significant challenges and issues that this site presents. The issue appears to have completely 'dropped off the radar' and one can only assume that this was due to the urgent need to identify additional sites for the Local Plan in response to the inspectors' comments.
The site is next to site H22 which is itself a small extension to the Bremridge Close development. The inclusion of site H48 in this late consultation process has already led to a planning application which merges together site H22 and H48 and the submission is for a 63 dwelling development. Access to this merged site is currently only through a small opening (a little larger than a farmers' gate and plans suggest this opening is 4.5m) towards the end of Bremridge Close. There is no scope to enlarge this opening as it is bounded left and right by a bat barn, private land, private roads, verges and hedgerows. All construction and residential traffic needs to come through Bremridge Close and through the small opening of site H22 in order to access site H48. 'Queues' at the opening would also hamper the use of the existing turning circle which is directly in front of the opening.
Warwick District Council is well aware of the existing access issues of Bremridge Close. These being that of minimum standards being applied to the sizes of the garages (no longer allowed) which means if residents park their cars in the garage they actually can't get in or out of their vehicle due to the limited size and this in turn has led to high volumes of on street parking meaning that passing is very difficult on the existing Close. There are also issues with the junction of Bremridge Close and Wellesbourne Road. Approximately five years ago fire services were not able to access two properties on fire in the Close due to parked cars blocking the access for the fire tender. This incident led to the addition of yellow line at the entrance to Bremridge Close and Wellesbourne Road. The congestion at this junction is due in the main as it is used as over spill car parking from Barford Exchange offices for which vehicle parking spaces do not appear to meet the needs of the office development coupled with visitors to the car dealership. Both these issues have also led to cars being parked on the verges and junction of Wellesbourne Road and the A429 which is also known as a difficult junction to navigate safely.
Whilst the inclusion of H22 is well understood and makes a good and proportionate contribution to future housing needs the additional inclusion of site H48 increases the existing housing of Bremridge Close by 120% which already has significant access issues as outlined above.
To summarise I do not consider that WDC has assessed the suitability of the site sufficiently and thoroughly enough which has probably been in part due the urgency to identify further sites. Access to site H48 has been severely restricted by the design and development weaknesses of Bremridge Close which were not envisaged during construction but have now been exposed and are well understood.
I also object on the following grounds:
The notes in the plan 2.53 state
Large sites of over 50 dwellings will be brought forward in phases (see Policy H10) so that the growth of the village can take place more slowly and in proportion to the size of the settlement. This will provide a greater opportunity for new communities to integrate in to the life of the village and for housing to meet local needs which will change over the lifetime of the Plan.
It is obvious that the addition of H48 next door to H22 presents an attractive commercial opportunity to developers who plan to merge these sites and create a large site that is over 50 dwellings. The policies of WDC clearly sate (H10) that these large developments should be phased in. Adjacent to H48 is a further development of over 60 dwellings which is still being constructed (Canon Price Road) so those new residents are not yet integrated this also applies to the residents of the construction by the Barford Bridge and other building sites around Barford which I estimate to be at least a further 60 homes.
The inclusion of site H48 does not comply with this policy and it is not included in the Barford Neighborhood Development Plan (BNDP) either. In fact, the BNDP clearly states that development such as Bremridge Close should not occur again and the inclusion of H48 is actually promoting an increase in the size and existing and increasing access issues of Bremridge Close. Therefore, the inclusion of H48 is also explicitly against the wishes of Barford residents.
Barford village sustainability has also significantly since the WDC last assessment. Over 120 new homes have been very recently built or are under construction. New residents can no longer enrol their children in the village school as all classes except new reception are full. The shop run by volunteers is at capacity as it was not established for such high housing, the last thing the shop needs is more housing. The NHS obliges us to use the doctors surgery in Warwick Alder Meadow for which their is no local direct bus service..
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