Initial Officer Response to Hove Station Neighbourhood Plan – Outline (January 2016)
The following comments are provided to help inform the meeting on 22 January 2016 and the options for progressing neighbourhood planning in the Hove Station area:
There is a lack of sites for all types of uses within the City. The City Plan seeks to provide a balance between all the competing needs to ensure sustainable communities (eg sufficient jobs and services to meet the growing population). Via the City Plan Part 1 plan making process a variety of deliverable options were considered in respect of addressing the need for industrial. No new industrial sites were readily presented whilst landowners of a number of existing industrial sites sought alternative uses. The City Plan reviewed and relaxed the Local Plan approach in that the City Plan allocates a number of previously identified industrial sites for mixed use (office and residential), this includes Conway Street and land north of Newtown Road. However taking into account market trends and evidence there was a need to retain some industrial sites (eg Land between the railway line and Newtown). The potential of the urban fringe for housing development has been the subject of a number of studies. These studies flag up that the development of much of urban fringe is either unsuitable or likely to be complicated.
Key Issue: This matter can only effectively be addressed via a strategic approach and is considered to fall outside the scope of a neighbourhood plan. What is the best approach therefore for the community to take?
Key Issue: Both sites are subject to strategic policies. The future strategic approach in respect of the Coal Yard is subject to the Waste and Minerals Sites Plan. What is the best approach therefore for the community to take?