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Paper 8A - 24 September 1999 Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

24 September 1999

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY STRUCTURE PLAN 1996-2011: RESPONSE TO THE PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS

Report by the County Planning Officer

RECOMMENDATION

That the report be noted.

1. Proposed modifications to the Hampshire County Structure Plan 1996-2011 (Review) were published on 14 May 1999. During the consultation period some 2000 comments were made. As would be expected some support the proposed modifications, others object. Many of the comments do not require changes which could be considered significant enough to warrant further consultation. However, the objections of the Secretary of State for the Environment to certain housing policies are such that, if the Plan is to be moved forward to adoption, there will need to be further changes to the policies concerning the overall housing provision and distribution.

2. Hampshire County Council's Planning and Transportation Committee considered the Secretary of State's objections at its meeting on 6 September. Members' disappointment that the Secretary of State was unwilling to accept the housing numbers in the policies as drafted was tempered by his implied support for the proposed 'base-line plus addition' approach. No new evidence has emerged during the consultation exercise to suggest that the base-line provision of 42,000 additional dwellings 2001-2011 is unsound.

3. Although the scale of additional provision remains a matter of judgement, it is clear that the figure of "up to 10,000" in the proposed modifications would need to be increased to "up to 14,000" to be more consistent with the figures in the existing regional planning guidance if the Secretary of State's objection is to be overcome. The Plan would also need to specify how this additional provision should be distributed between the eleven district councils, Portsmouth and Southampton.

4. In the light of this information the Planning and Transportation Committee considered that the County Council should:

(a) continue to promote a 'base-line plus addition' approach to housing provision;

(b) endorse a base-line figure of 42,000 additional dwellings 2001-2011;

(c) accept an additional provision of up to 14,000 dwellings (including its distribution); and

(d) ensure a distribution of the total additional provision based on a strategy which gives the greatest support to measures to revitalise towns and cities and protects the countryside from unnecessary development.

5. The Hampshire Strategic Planning Joint Advisory Panel (JAP) meets on the afternoon of 24 September to discuss how to respond to the comments made on the proposed modifications, particularly those of the Secretary of State for the Environment because of his ultimate powers in the development plan process. It will also need to consider whether a further round of consultation on any changes would be necessary.

TIM GREENWOOD 
County Planning Officer

Last update: 12/10/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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