The new local plan was adopted by the city council on the 25th January 2017. The Local plan will allow for 11,000 new homes to 2028 within the Derby city administrative area part of the 33,337 homes identified as housing need within the Derby Housing Market Area which is shared with Amber Valley and South Derbyshire. Major development sites include:
• The City Centre (2,200 homes, >100,000sqm office space)
• The River Derwent Corridor (92.7ha employment land)
• Osmaston and Sinfin (780 homes, 86.8ha employment land)
• Littleover, Mackworth and Mickleover (2,420 homes)
• Boulton and Chellaston (1,100 homes)
• Chaddesden and Oakwood (475 homes)
The council has to provide over 12,000 homes to 2028. The local plan was adopted in July 2016. The housing trajectory is high and the council admitted in September 2016 that they do not have a 5 year housing supply. There will be major urban extensions to Derby, allowing development to extend south to the A50 with extensions to Stenson Fields and Chellaston. In addition further growth is taking place along the A50 corridor with developments in Hilton, Etwall and Hatton. The development at Stenson Fields is one of the governments ‘new village’ proposals.
The draft local plan is due to be examined in April and May 2017. The council has identified housing land in Ashbourne, Matlock, Darley Dale, Doveridge, Hulland Ward, Tansley and Wirksworth. However there are significant concerns over delivery as the council has included a number of very difficult brownfield sites including Halldale and Cawdor Quarries in Matlock, Stancliffe Quarry in Darley Dale and Middle Peak Quarry in Wirksworth. These sites which account for almost a quarter of the allocations to address the identified housing need have not been tested for viability. Unless the sites can be delivered within the plan period they should not be included within the draft local plan. This issue has been highlighted by the current Cawdor Quarry application for ‘Matlock Spa’. Despite extensive promotion and some interesting ideas the applicants have not submitted a viability appraisal even though the developers are looking to extend development outside the quarry area on viability grounds. Unless this issue is addressed through public subsidy the council will face criticism at the Examination. It is the issue which could delay the adoption of the plan or scupper the plan.
The council is writing its third draft local plan. It has to find land for over 10,000 houses as part of the Derby Housing Market Area. The council has struggled to find enough housing sites which can be deliver because of Green Belt and historic building constraints. The recent Kedleston Road decision indicated that the council is open to appeal because it lacks a five year housing supply. Areas which are covered by a green belt designation are still protected by national policy.
We are expecting a draft local plan by the summer and a further examination by the end of 2017.
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