Policy HC1: Community facilities

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Support

Local Plan 2011-2031 Proposed Submission Draft

Representation ID: 183

Received: 04/11/2016

Respondent: Theatres Trust

Representation:

Support HC1: Conforms to national policy

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The Theatres Trust supports draft Policy HC1 as it reflects guidance in Para 70 of the NPPF regarding the protection and promotion of community and cultural facilities.

Object

Local Plan 2011-2031 Proposed Submission Draft

Representation ID: 305

Received: 14/11/2016

Respondent: Sport England - East Region

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation:

The policy is broadly supported but three amendments or additions are sought to provide consistency with Government planning policy in the NPPF and to reflect the Council's evidence base for indoor sport.

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The content of policy HC1 is broadly welcomed as it encourages the principle of new and enhanced community facilities (that would include indoor sports facilities) and seeks to protect existing facilities. The policy principles are considered to broadly accord with Government policy in section 8 of the NPPF especially paragraphs 70 and 74. However, the following issues are identified with the content of the policy which should be addressed to ensure that it is consistent with Government planning policy:
* The criterion (i) relating to facilities being replaced in appropriate alternative locations does not require the replacement facility to provide equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality. Paragraph 74 of the NPPF (and Sport England's planning policies) specifically advises this. Sport England has had experience of adopted policies in local plans which are similar to this which due to the lack of explicitness about the quantity and quality of replacement facility requirements have resulted in inferior alternative facilities being proposed due to developers exploiting the lack of clarity and guidance on this matter.
* In relation to sports facilities, paragraph 74 of the NPPF permits the principle of existing facilities being built on if the development is for alternative sports and recreational provision, the needs for which clearly outweigh the loss. As the section of the policy relating to the loss of facilities does not make provision for this, for consistency with the NPPF and to avoid issues arising during the implementation of the policy, an additional criterion is requested to cover this but the scope only needs to cover sports facilities.
* For consistency with paragraph 70 of the NPPF and the recommendations in the Council's Indoor Sports Facility Strategy, and to reflect the importance of community facilities being multi-functional the policy or the supporting text should explicitly support the principle of shared use facilities such as the dual use of school facilities for sport and other community uses in appropriate locations.

Object

Local Plan 2011-2031 Proposed Submission Draft

Representation ID: 396

Received: 15/11/2016

Respondent: Mr and Mr John and Angela Warner Smith

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation:

Object to HC1: Stalled plans for doctors surgery in Knebworth, consider a secondary school

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There are at present stalled plans for the doctors surgery in Knebworth, just at the time that the population is proposed to increase by 31%. The village will eventually be big enough to consider a secondary school of its own.

Object

Local Plan 2011-2031 Proposed Submission Draft

Representation ID: 5800

Received: 30/11/2016

Respondent: Mr & Dr Gary and Hilary Napier

Agent: Pigeon Investment Management Ltd

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation:

Object to HC1: Request to include additional site for secondary education: Land at Back Lane, Graveley

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Object

Local Plan 2011-2031 Proposed Submission Draft

Representation ID: 5987

Received: 24/11/2016

Respondent: Hitchin Town Action Group (HTAG)

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation:

Support:
- clear policy
- pleased to see the protection given to existing community facilities in SP10 f. and HC1

Object:
- no specific Development Management Policy statements on physical and green infrastructure and rights of way to underpin SP10 f., consistent with the requirements of the NPPF para 69 and 75

- SP10 para 4.130 says that requirements for open space provision are set out in the detailed policy. That is not bourne out of the policy statement or the explanatory notes for policy HC1.

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