Following recent government instruction, there is to be another local Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) involving a further call for sites for development. This will occur in early 2015 and will be followed by two public consultation stages before being fed into the review of the current Local Plan. The provisional date for the review completion is Dec 17.
It is possible that developers will offer local sites which are unacceptable to the village. As previously, this may cause concern when the suggestions are published. It is therefore important to understand that this does NOT imply the sites will be considered suitable after their full evaluation in the context of the Local Plan. All of the sites offered in the last call were ultimately ruled unsuitable.
Morcott Parish Council has responded to the current consultation on the methodology by stressing the importance of retaining the sensible controls the Local Plan places on permissible development in “Smaller Service Centres” such as Morcott. This response is shown below in full.
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment – 2014 – Morcott Parish Council’s Response to the Draft Methodology
- Throughout the document, the context and content of the Local Plan should be more strongly stated. The Local Plan was the subject of extensive consultation through the years of its development and developers should be clear that this is not an opportunity to disregard its Core Strategy. The documentation in the “ call for sites” should make this very clear and potential developers should be directed in particular to the Settlement Hierarchy (Policy CS3) and The Location of Development ( Policy CS4)
- In the interests of balance and openness, the SHLAA panel referred to in 4.5 should include democratically elected members.
- The last “call for sites” desk top exercise generated considerable alarm in Morcott and elsewhere because it was not sufficiently clear that no planning consent was implied for sites offered and included in this preliminary stage. The council should be alert to the concerns the SHLAA generates for stakeholders other than developers and ensure that its communication about it is sensitive to the former as well as appropriate for the latter.
- Para 4.21.6 implies that account will be taken of how up-to-date the plan policies are and whether the constraints they contain are excessive. It seems particularly perverse to question the continuing relevance of the Local Plan since it has yet to be formally adopted. We seek reassurance that any changes to the content of the Local Plan are subject to proper consultation within its review and not anticipated at the SHLAA stage.
- In Stage 5 Final Evidence, there is reference to sites excluded due to “national policies and designations” but no reference to locally agreed policies. This omission should be rectified.
Morcott Parish Council. Submitted 26/08/14
A note from Cllr Maureen Allan on behalf of Morcott Parish Council
Rutland’s Conservation Officer is currently considering the responses he has received to the recent formal consultation on his Morcott Conservation Area Appraisal. He will present his recommendations to the RCC Cabinet on 16/9/14 and if approved there to full Council on 10/10/14. The report should be posted on the RCC website by 9/9/14.
Once accepted, the Appraisal will have the status of Supplementary Planning Guidance and will be a material consideration in subsequent decisions made by the RCC planning department.
UDPATE SUNDAY 24 AUGUST: the rabbit has been re-united with its owners.
Mrs Pat Simmonds has a visitor in her garden: a very tame, obviously pet rabbit, which may have arrived yesterday. If you have lost a pet rabbit, please contact her or drop in.
Quality Trampoline for sale. Check out the Freecycle/For Sale page.
Thanks to Parish Councillor Martin Whitfield for this summary regarding the current roadworks:
The works to the A47, which have just commenced, are a result of more than three years of pressure by the Parish Council and other concerned individuals upon Rutland County Council to take steps to improve safety on the length of the road within the Morcott parish boundary.
The A47 is to be slightly widened in the vicinity of the staggered junction with the A6121 Stamford Road and the B672 to Caldecott, so as to permit central right turn lanes to be provided. This will mean that A47 traffic arriving from the east will have a full width lane in which to wait briefly, as necessary, for an opportunity to turn north towards Stamford without impeding following through traffic. Similarly there be a full width lane for A47 traffic arriving from the west to wait, if required, before turning south towards Caldecott. During periods of heavy traffic, having to make these turning manoeuvres has frequently been intimidating and, not surprisingly, there have been substantial numbers of accidents on both parts of the junction.
The widening of the A47 will be achieved by relocating the existing traffic island about 2m to the north, as well as the kerbs on that side of the road.
The work is expected to take about 6 weeks.
The minutes of the last meeting of Morcott Parish Council, held on 15 July 2014, are published HERE in PDF form.
The next meeting of Morcott Parish Council is Tuesday 15 July at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. As always, members of the public are encouraged to attend.
- Members register
- Apologies for absence
- Declarations of interests and requests for dispensation:
- To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 11th March 2014
- Clerk’s Report and actions since the last meeting
- Democratic 10 minutes: an opportunity for the electorate to speak on any subject relating to the village
- To receive the schedule of accounts since last meeting
- Conservation Area Appraisal
- Cemetery wall
- Update on the Burghley owned premises – The White Horse Inn
- To consider the results of the site meeting in Morcott with Neil Tomlinson and Rob Baxter of Rutland County Council’s Highways department re A47/A6121/B672 Junction
- Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment for Rutland 2014 – Draft Methodology
- To consider the quotations for painting the phone box
- Planning applications