Fen Drayton former LSA estate SPD

Fen Drayton Former Land Settlement Association Estate SPD - adopted May 2011: Chapters 1-6 | Appendix 1 | Appendix 2 | Appendix 3 - Summary Maps | Appendix 3 - Key | Appendix 3 - (Mill Road) | Appendix 3 - (Middleton Way) | Appendix 3 - (Cootes Lane) | Appendix 3 - (Park Lane) | Appendix 3 - (Oaktree Road) | Appendix 3 - (Springhill Road & Cambridge Road) 

Fen Drayton Former Land Settlement Association Estate: Implications of the Withdrawal of the Code for Sustainable Homes - approved in September 2015 as Council Policy to be used as a material consideration when considering planning applications

LATEST NEWS – Changes to Government Guidance and the Implications for the SPD

The Planning Portfolio Holder approved on the 8 September 2015 the ‘Fen Drayton Former Land Settlement Association Estate: Implications of the Withdrawal of the Code for Sustainable Homes’ document as Council Policy to be used as a material consideration when considering planning applications within the Fen Drayton former LSA estate special policy area, alongside adopted Policy SP/11 and the adopted Fen Drayton Former LSA Estate SPD.

The Council’s planning guidance for the Fen Drayton former LSA estate special policy area is set out in Policy SP/11 of the adopted Site Specific Policies DPD and in the adopted Fen Drayton Former LSA Estate SPD. This guidance requires new homes proposed within this area to meet the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) Level 6. The Government has now withdrawn the CfSH and local planning authorities are advised to set out clearly how existing policies will be applied in decision making in light of this.

The ‘Fen Drayton Former Land Settlement Association Estate: Implications of the Withdrawal of the Code for Sustainable Homes’ document details how the Council will now consider planning applications within this area, and how proposals can demonstrate they meet the requirements of the policy.

Whilst the Council can no longer specifically require that new homes achieve CfSH Level 6, for a development to meet the requirements of the policy it would need to deliver many of the same design principles. Specific paragraphs of the SPD have therefore been revised to remove the references to the CfSH and to set out guidance on what is expected instead that will still ensure that any proposals meet the requirements of the policy. The revisions are set out in the ‘Fen Drayton Former Land Settlement Association Estate: Implications of the Withdrawal of the Code for Sustainable Homes’ document. All other sections of the SPD remain unchanged and planning applications should still demonstrate how they comply with all adopted planning policies and all other aspects of the SPD, other than the requirements relating to the CfSH.

What is the Fen Drayton Former LSA Estate SPD?

The Fen Drayton Former Land Settlement Association (LSA) Estate SPD expands upon Policy SP/11 which was adopted as part of the Site Specific Policies DPD in January 2010.

Policy SP/11 allows the reuse or redevelopment of buildings (excluding glass houses) where it can be demonstrated they are no longer needed for agricultural purposes for on site experimental or other ground breaking forms of sustainable living, provided that the development would not occupy a larger footprint than existing buildings.

The purpose of the Fen Drayton Former LSA Estate SPD is to provide practical advice and guidance on how to develop a proposal that will comply with Policy SP/11.

Adoption of the Fen Drayton Former LSA Estate SPD

The Council adopted the Fen Drayton Former LSA Estate SPD on 19 May 2011. The SPD forms part of the Local Development Framework, however it does not have development plan status.

The adopted SPD takes account of representations received during the six-week period of public consultation undertaken in October - December 2010. To see a summary of each representation received and the Council's response to each representation, visit: New Communities Portfolio Holder Meeting on 8 March 2011.

As a result of the comments and questions raised by both Councillors and members of the public that attended the meeting on the 8 March 2011, the New Communities Portfolio Holder agreed to adopt the Fen Drayton Former LSA Estate SPD subject to further consideration of the classification of two buildings. To see a summary of the results of further discussions with the two landowners, visit: New Communities Portfolio Holder Meeting on 19 May 2011.

Adoption Documents

Supporting Documents

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