From DUNSFOLD PARISH COUNCIL to DUNSFOLD RESIDENTS
THE RESULT OF THE DUNSFOLD HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY and
WAVERLEY’S PREPARATION FOR A NEW LOCAL PLAN
Both of these topics are likely to lead in due course to new housing across Waverley villages and Dunsfold will be no exception. The purpose of this note is to inform residents about the current state of play.
THE DUNSFOLD HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY showed that 30 local households are in need of affordable housing. There was a reasonable response from residents and 89% of those responding supported the concept of developing a Rural Exception Site close to the settlement boundaries to provide affordable housing to be retained in perpetuity for local people. The total number and location of the ultimate development, which is likely for viability to be for a smaller number of new dwellings, will require liaison between the Dunsfold Parish Council, the Rural Housing Enabler, Waverley Borough Council, and consultation with residents over the coming months. Site owners will be asked to put forward sites and in preparation for that process any site owner who anticipates having a suitable site for consideration is invited to notify the Parish Council Clerk Celeste Lawrence. The Parish Council has adopted the Survey Report and will make it available to download from the Village website.
Waverley’a Preparation for a New Local Plan – the call for sites
Waverley’s withdrawal of the Core Strategy for the New Local Plan last year was due to the Inspector’s concerns that Waverley had under-estimated the housing need for the period to 2030. The evidence of need is being re-assessed but may result in a doubling of the target of new homes required each year. In response to this pressure Waverley are seeking information on available sites in the borough to be considered for potential development, particularly housing development. As part of this work Waverley have asked all Town and Parish Councils if they are able to identify land that Waverley should be considering as having potential for housing, and which in the case of villages might qualify for inclusion in an enlargement of Village Settlement boundaries. It is also asking landowners to highlight any sites they feel could be considered for potential development. The link on Waverley’s website relating to this Call for Sites is:
The Effect on Villages
For villages there is a new Waverley focus on how they can contribute to the identification of sites for housing development. Under the current 2002 Local Plan, and the recently withdrawn Core Strategy, the contribution of villages to meeting housing needs was limited to providing affordable housing on small rural exception sites and to development and infilling within current village settlement boundaries. But the village settlement areas of Dunsfold, like those of other villages, have virtually no space for further development. Waverley have therefore suggested to all villages that they could reasonably make an increased contribution to delivering more homes by enlarging settlement boundaries to include new sites. The Parish Council are sympathetic to such enlargement provided it is carried out with full consultation with residents and the New Plan policies will continue to protect the large areas of important woodland and countryside outside the settlement boundaries in Dunsfold as the 2002 Plan has done and as the withdrawn Core Strategy was going to do.
We have as requested informed Waverley of one site which has been put forward by its owner for affordable housing. Attached is a copy of the Village map on which the site is marked together with the current village settlement boundaries and the areas of Common.
All of this is at a very preliminary stage. We have informed Waverley that the identification of suitable sites for possible inclusion within the settlement boundaries will require proper evaluation and assessment, and consultation with the village; and that notifying Waverley as requested of a known site put forward should not be construed as meaning that any decision has been made by the Parish Council on its suitability or preferred status either for affordable housing or for inclusion within the current settlement boundaries.
In due course a change in the settlement boundaries could either be accomplished in consultation with Waverley as part of the New Plan process or it could be part of a Neighbourhood Plan consultation. Whichever route is taken it will be for the village to decide, and it will be necessary at the same time for the village to be involved in updating the 2001 Village Design Statement.
Chairman, Dunsfold Parish Council
16th January 2014