Development Requirements and Phasing

6.43     The development will be delivered in 4 in phases to and link into the nearest connection of the SLR to the A46. The 2 local centres, will each include a new primary school, local retailing and services including facilities for 3 GPs (if required on site), and will be located to be accessible to both existing and new residential areas and help integrate them together.

6.44     The SLR will need to be constructed at an early stage of the development of the 3 Strategic Sites, the timing of which will be dependent on the detailed Transport Assessments of each of the sites and the improvements developers are required to make to minimise congestion.

6.45     The SLR and other improvements to the highway network will be funded by a mixture of CIL, developer contribution, growth point capital and other public sector funding.

6.46     Open space requirements for the site will be provided in line with the existing Developer Contributions & Planning Obligations SPD and in due course, by the Allocations & Development Management DPD.

6.47     The existing British Gypsum workings on land to the south east of the site are expected to be worked throughout the plan period. The employment allocation for B2/B8 uses is expected to be sufficient up to 2026, but the British Gypsum land could be considered within the plan period if the land became available at an earlier date and if the allocated employment site is fully developed.

6.48     The Council is in discussion with developers for this site who are working up detailed plans for its development with a view of submitting a planning application and masterplan for the site Planning Permission and parameter plans for the site were initially approved in 2011 and amended in 2015.  in 2010. As part of this developers will prepare a detailed appraisal of the site.

6.49     Development of this site will be carried out in 4 in phases and the necessary infrastructure identified in the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) will be provided in tandem with development in line with Spatial Policy 6. Development can start in 2012/13 with an estimated average build rate of 50 dwellings in 2012/13, increasing to 150 dwellings per annum from 2013/14 to 2021/22, and 200 dwellings per year up to the end of the plan period. The remaining 900 dwellings will be provided beyond the plan period. Build rates will be monitored and reviewed closely and phases adjusted to ensure the housing figures are achieved. It is anticipated that 1,790 dwellings will be built in the plan period.

6.x       The purpose of the phasing proposals is to ensure that the development of the Strategic Sites does not proceed in a manner that would have undue adverse impact on the amenities of existing residents. It is considered that controlled phasing, preventing a proliferation of construction sites at any one time, will minimise both the adverse visual impact in prominent open areas and also the impact in terms of noise and disturbance to local people. Phasing proposals will be assessed as part of the consideration of individual planning applications and controlled by planning obligations.

6.50     In addition, Construction traffic generated by each phase of development and access to construction sites will be organised to ensure that any adverse impact on existing residents is minimised. It is envisaged that access to the highway network by construction vehicles in existing residential areas will be restricted and the use of temporary haul roads will be required where appropriate.