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Land Use: Castle Point

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will request that Castle Point borough council sends local residents full documentation relevant to the Core Strategy consultation before the consultation process commences; and if she will make a statement. (250952)

It is the Government’s general approach not to interfere with the jurisdiction of local planning authorities unless it is necessary to do so. Parliament has entrusted authorities with responsibility for day-to-day planning control in their areas as they are normally best placed to make decisions relating to their areas and it is right that, in general, they should be free to carry out their duties responsibly, with the minimum of interference.

The Castle Point Core Strategy will be subject to independent examination by an inspector appointed by the Secretary of State, and a key test of the plan’s ‘soundness’ at the examination will be whether the council has taken sufficient steps to engage the local community and other stakeholders.

The Secretary of State has received formal notification from Castle Point borough council that consultation on the latest version of the Castle Point Core Strategy, the “Core Strategy Proposed Publication Statement”, “Key diagram” and “Indicative Site Plans for Castle View, Manor Trading Estate, Stadium Way Employment and West Canvey” commenced on 9 January 2009 and will conclude 20 March 2009.

The documentation is published on the website and available in hard copy form at the borough council's offices.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will request that Castle Point Borough Council publishes details of brownfield sites in Castle Point. (251054)

It is the Government’s general approach not to interfere with the jurisdiction of local planning authorities unless it is necessary to do so. Parliament has entrusted authorities with responsibility for day-to-day planning control in their areas as they are normally best placed to make decisions relating to their areas and it is right that, in general, they should be free to carry out their duties responsibly, with the minimum of interference.

The Core Strategy Consultation documents include details set out in broad locational terms and shown diagrammatically on the key diagram for development on brownfield sites. The “Canvey Area Action Plan” and the “Benfleet, Hadleigh and Thundersley Plan” will when published make detailed brownfield site allocations of land for various forms of development.

The “Core Strategy Proposed Publication Document” includes a housing trajectory which identifies a five year supply of deliverable housing sites and an 18 year supply of developable sites. The Spatial Strategy seeks to ensure 70 per cent. of new homes are on previously developed land estimated to be provided as in the following table;

Source of capacity

Previously developed land

2008-13

820

2013-18

1,129

2018-26

1,023

Total

2,972

Proportion (percentage)

77.8

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will hold discussions with Castle Point borough council on procedures for development of green belt land in Castle Point when brownfield land remains to be developed; and if she will make a statement. (251055)

It is the Government’s general approach not to interfere with the jurisdiction of local planning authorities unless it is necessary to do so. Parliament has entrusted authorities with responsibility for day-to-day planning control in their areas as they are normally best placed to make decisions relating to their areas and it is right that, in general, they should be free to carry out their duties responsibly, with the minimum of interference.

The “Core Strategy Proposed Publication Document” provides a clear indication of how regeneration and growth will be distributed within the borough. The existing settlement structure will be maintained by concentrating development within existing settlements with limited peripheral development.

Sustainable growth is proposed that achieves at least 70 per cent. of new homes on previously developed land and safeguards the stated purpose of the metropolitan green belt until 2031. The residual need (approximately 300-500 dwellings to 2026) will be provided for in urban peripheral locations that have limited impact on the openness and function of the greenbelt as set out in Planning Policy Guidance 2. These locations will be identified as site allocations in the “Canvey Area Action Plan” and the “Benfleet, Hadleigh and Thundersley Plan”.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will request that the Chief Executive of Castle Point Borough Council publishes the authority's plans to develop land given to the people of Canvey Island around the Cornelius Vermuyden School and Canvey Village. (251060)

It is the Government's general approach not to interfere with the jurisdiction of local planning authorities unless it is necessary to do so. Parliament has entrusted authorities with responsibility for day-to-day planning control in their areas as they are normally best placed to make decisions relating to their areas and it is right that, in general, they should be free to carry out their duties responsibly, with the minimum of interference.

I understand from Castle Point borough council that no planning application has yet been made to them in respect of this proposal. When an application has been made, the council will be required to publicise it in order that the public and other interested parties may make known their views. Before reaching their decision, the council must take into account: the provisions of the development plan for the area; any relevant views expressed by neighbouring occupiers, local residents and other third parties; and any other relevant material considerations which fairly and reasonably relate to the application concerned. They should also be guided by the policies and advice set out in the Department's Planning Policy Guidance Notes, Statements (PPGs and PPSs) and planning circulars.