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Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan (DDNP)
South Norfolk District Council’s
Village Cluster Housing Allocation Plan (VCHAP) Consultation
When: 9am Monday 7 June 2021 to 5pm on Monday 2 August 2021
We are aware of concern by some Roydon residents that the map shown in the VCHAP consultation document in relation to Roydon village only shows one site, SN0526REV. This is because this was the only site in Roydon village which was put forward directly to the District Council when the Greater Norwich Local Plan carried out their ‘call for sites’. Elsewhere in the consultation document, SNDC acknowledge that the housing allocation for Roydon will be decided locally within the Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan (DDNP) – please follow this link: https://south-norfolk.oc2.uk/document/1/483#d483However, there is no link from the map directing you to this acknowledgement.
We would like to assure all residents that the site for Roydon village’s housing allocation has been set as that area of land just south of Roydon school, a decision taken after considering five sites in total and consulting on the preference of Roydon residents in the autumn of last year. We notified all residents of this decision in the last edition of The Roydon Round Up (RRU 3), the parish council’s newsletter
The District Council, however, need to cover the possibility of the final draft of the DDNP not being approved by residents at the referendum and, therefore, not coming into being. If this was the case, then SNDC would be the ones to allocate land in Roydon for housing development, in which case local preferences would count for little. We are very much hoping that residents will vote in favour of the DDNP being adopted when it comes to referendum early next year.
We regret that the VCHAP consultation has appeared at this time when the DDNP are working as hard as possible to get the Neighbourhood Plan completed and, with the residents’ support, in place so that the residents’ preferred site for the development gets the go-ahead.
Paul Curson, Jane Jennifer & Trevor Ault
Roydon representatives to the DDNP Steering Group
10th June 2021
We’ve had confirmation that our additional proposed Local Green Space – now called ‘Meadow and wooded area north of Roydon Fen’ will be included in Roydon’s list of LGS in the Draft DDNP.
Please follow this link to access the full report:
At over 300 pages long, the second AECOM Site Options and Assessments report covering a further 17 sites across the DDNP area isn’t a quick read, but it does give an independent assessment of these sites as to their suitability for possible future development.
The full report can be accessed at:
A letter, co-signed by the Rural Services Network, the Rural Housing Alliance, Plunkett Foundation and Acre has been featured in the Telegraph on 29th August 2020, highlighting the rural housing crisis
The letter states:
The Government’s proposed changes to planning rules mean that over two thirds of rural communities in England are unlikely to benefit in future from new affordable houses in their area. There is already an acute shortage of affordable homes in rural areas. Last year just 5,558 new affordable homes were built in smaller rural communities – equivalent to less than one affordable home in each village.
The Government plans to quadruple the size of developments for which there is a requirement to provide affordable homes from developments of 10 or more properties to 40-50 dwellings. Some rural communities will be exempt from this change, but 70 per cent won’t, making it almost impossible for them to provide affordable homes. Equally harmful is the introduction of first-homes exception sites. This will cause confusion, inflate land values and destroy the emphasis on local engagement. Gone will be rural exception sites that provide affordable homes tailored to specific local needs and design requirements.
We are calling on the Government to exempt all rural communities with a population of 3,000 or fewer from the new rules, with local councils able to set their own thresholds for affordable housing in these settlements. This would make it possible for rural places to get the affordable housing they need: homes for the employees and owners of local businesses, providers of local services and the volunteers who provide the social support for more vulnerable residents.
These revisions are essential if the Government wishes to deliver its levelling-up agenda in rural areas, and provide the homes that people need at prices they can afford.
The letter was signed by:
Richard Quallington, Executive Director, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)
Graham Biggs, CX, Rural Services Network
Ursula Bennion, Chair Rural Housing Alliance
Margaret Clark, Chair, Plunkett Foundation and Rural England Stakeholder Group