Coaley PC supports this application in principle, but there are some concerns which need to be alleviated and policies which the district council must put in place for the development to cause minimum impact as well as bring benefits to the village:
Sewage system - the villages sewage system is historically unable to cope with the existing number of houses in the village, this must be updated and proven it can support an additional 24 properties; and that the problem is resolved prior to the commencement of building. Flooding is an issue in the village and this has got to be considered before any planning is permitted. Drainage calculations must be agreed by the Local Water Authority and must be compliant with the latest guidance such as including allowances for 100 year storms, urban creep and the latest SuDS manual.
Building Materials - as the hedge is being kept in situ the properties need to compliment the existing homes on The Close as these are the homes which will be impacted by the development. As well as ensuring the brickwork compliments existing properties the fencing/hedging etc must also be considered.
Agricultural land - the application states the field is not used, local knowledge disputes this as it is used for grazing and haymaking. We presume change of use has been sought.
Highways - during any development, policies must be put in place to minimise the impact on neighbours with the increased vehicles in the village. Recent builds have caused a serious impact on other road users and this is not acceptable.
Future development- as this is a recognised exception site, the council needs reassurance this is the only application which will be submitted on the field, there will not be the ability to develop the remaining half of the field.
Local connection - as part of the permission and the policies these affordable homes will only go to applicants with a proven local connection. Also in the event that one of the designated affordable homes is part purchased, or should ever be wholly owned they can only be sold in accordance with the local connection policy. (i.e. once bought they cannot then be sold to anyone and be lost as affordable housing). It is also important in order to main the affordability these
properties cannot be extended.
The council feels these properties should be as energy efficient as possible, the district council promotes itself as a green council, and Coaley PC encourages all policies to be put in place to ensure these houses are sustainable.