Erection of 20 dwellings (including 30% affordable housing), public open space, access and associated works.
Land At Hilton Road Marhamchurch Cornwall
Following a review of amended application, Marhamchurch Parish Council recommends refusal for the following reasons:
The addition of 20 dwellings in Marhamchurch will represent an increase of approximately 5% which is excessive.
LP Policy 3 states that outside of the main towns, housing and employment growth will be delivered through Neighbourhood Plans, rounding off and infill sites and rural exception sites. Rounding off sites can be on sites that immediately adjoin the settlement. Development should be of a scale appropriate to its size and role.
MPC don’t consider a 5% increase to be of a scale appropriate to its size and scale.
The pre-application advice recommended that the site is pursued as a rural exception and we agree with this recommendation.
The Local Plan definition of ‘rounding off’ is ‘development on land that is substantially enclosed but outside of the urban form of a settlement and where its edge is clearly defined by a physical feature that also acts as a barrier to further growth (such as a road).
It should not visually extend building into the open countryside’ and The Chief Planning Officer’s Advice Note (CPOAN): Infill/Rounding Off dated December 2017 states that proposals which comprise ‘rounding off’ should be adjacent to existing development and be contained within long standing and enclosing boundary features i.e. a road, Cornish hedge or a stream. It states that suitable sites are likely to be surrounded on at least two sites by existing built development.
The proposed application is only surrounded on the two smaller sides of site and the edge is not clearly defined and therefore visibly extends into open countryside so does not meet the criteria for ‘rounding off’.
The affordable housing need in Marhamchurch was 13 applicants at the last survey (Cornwall Home Choice). As 10 of these have been met by PA15/09444 then the requirement for additional units is very low.
LP Policy 14 Renewable and low carbon energy seeks to increase use and production of renewable and low carbon energy generation and supports developments which maximise the use of the available resources, make use of waste heat and do not have an overshadowing or overbearing effect on nearby habitations. MPC can see no mention of this in the application.
Schools and Health Services in the area are already at capacity so this application puts an additional burden on those resources.
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PLEASE NOTE: Due to the restrictions placed on the council as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, this response represents the opinion of members of Marhamchurch Parish Council identified through a consultation process and will be ratified at the next appropriate meeting of the council.