Agenda item

Site Specific Policies & Proposals Development Plan Document 2001-2026 Review of Rural Settlement Boundaries - South-West Parishes (Agenda item 5)

Note Members are kindly requested to bring to the meeting their copies of the Site Specific Policies and Proposals Issues and Options Consultation document (orange cover) and Additional Sites Consultation Spring 2009 (purple cover) for reference.



The Principal Planning Policy Officer introduced the report and explained that it was the second of four reports presenting options for the review of rural settlement boundaries in Breckland as part of the Site Specific Policies and Proposals document. 


The purpose of the report was to set out the preferred options for a new set of rural settlement boundaries and to obtain the views of the Task and Finish Group on whether there were other reasonable options that Cabinet should be asked to consider as part of agreeing a Preferred Options document for a further six-week consultation in Spring 2010.


The background information and issues were as fully set out in paragraph 3 of the report.


Rural settlement boundaries were a planning tool, identifying areas where further development was possible without upsetting the nature and character of an area.


There were three broad options to be considered:


a)      To amend existing boundaries to either tighten up development areas to exclude back land or infill plots, loosen boundaries to include small scale development plots, or to update boundaries to take account of inconsistencies and existing permissions.

b)      To keep existing boundaries where they remained fit for purpose but allowing for some slight ‘tweaking’ for Positional Accuracy Improvement to align with Ordnance Survey mapping  (minor amendments of 1 or 2 metres to fit hedge lines, fences).

c)       To delete settlement boundaries from small settlements, i.e. those that have less than two key rural services or where there is either very limited or no capacity within that boundary for further development.


It was explained that this was the first stage in the process.  There would be a public consultation on the draft document in April 2010, the results of which would be reported back to the Task and Finish Group.  A final document would be submitted for a further period of public consultation in October 2010, prior to proceeding to Public Examination.


The proposals for the following Wards were then considered in turn, details of which were as set out in the appendices to the report.


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