LETTER TO PARISHIONERS

A Commonsense Neighbourhood Development Plan for Burghill Parish

Note: this is NOT the 'official' Burghill Parish Council website.

FACTSHEET No. 1 - the Parish Council's Plan means DISproportionate growth

1. FACT: BURGHILL VILLAGE HAS NOT GOT THE BRUNT OF THE NEW HOUSING

2. FACT: A COMMONSENSE NDP WOULD BE MORE PROPORTIONATE AND STILL MEET THE MINIMUM TARGET FOR THE PARISH

 

The target set by Herefordshire Council for the Parish is for a minimum 18% proportionate housing growth, equating to 124 houses between 2011 & 2031. A common-sense NDP easily achieves this by including existing Planning Permissions plus 'windfalls' which are already defined. However, the currently proposed Parish Council Plan adds up to a further 60 houses on mini-housing estates, so that the growth far exceeds what is needed. It is commonly believed that because of the Pyefinch development, Burghill village is getting the bulk of the new housing. The reality is that Burghill village is receiving disproportionately less housing because other locations are having unnecessary development callously thrust upon them. In fact under a more common-sense NDP for the Parish as a whole, Burghill village would receive even less development because it would not be necessary to include the Redstone site which is in the currently proposed Parish Council Plan!
 
Tillington and Tillington Common are the more rural parts of the parish. Tillington was erroneously defined by Herefordshire Council as a growth village. By accident of history, the Whitmore Cross end of Tillington has the Bell Inn, and some industrial units, so the Parish Council has decided to put 24 houses there, with inadequate consultation. Totally unnecessary, because under a common-sense NDP based on the Planning Permissions already granted plus 'windfalls' which are already defined, Tillington with Tillington Common easily achieve their proportionate 18% target. Self-evidently it is Lower Burlton that has already borne the brunt of the development. Planning Permission for 50 houses was granted by Herefordshire Council which has totally skewed the housing pattern. Nothing can be done about that now. However, the currently proposed Parish Council Plan still includes a further 23 houses on mini-housing estates for Lower Burlton. In contrast, a common-sense NDP would no longer require those, because it is based on Planning Permissions already granted plus 'windfalls' elsewhere in the Parish which are already defined.
 

For comparison, from Herefordshire Council's Core Strategy (emphasis added):

"4.8.15 One hundred and nineteen settlements have been identified across the county to be the main focus of proportionate housing development in the rural areas. These are listed in Figure 4.14. Within these settlements carefully considered development which is proportionate to the size of the community and its needs will be permitted."