Approval of Publication of the Draft Local Plan Part 2

At the Rushcliffe Borough full council meeting on Thursday 26th April 2018, the council voted to approve the Publication of the Draft Local Plan Part 2. The Plan will be published for a six week representation period, before it is then submitted for examination by a planning inspector.

What this means for Cropwell Bishop:-

In balancing housing requirements across Rushcliffe to 2028, sustainability, Green Belt, settlement capacity and other relevant planning considerations, it is proposed that Land East of Church Street (around 70 homes) be allocated for development through the Local Plan Part 2. Site CBI2 is not to progress the main concerns being the loss of Green Belt countryside, inadequate access off Hoe View Road via Mercia Avenue and impacts on the Canal and neighbouring wildlife site.

It is considered that the village has scope to sustain this proposed allocation, subject to necessary developer contributions to support improvements services and infrastructure locally. The site proposed for development is considered more suitable than other alternative options at Cropwell Bishop.

The development will be subject to the following requirements:-

  • A new junction comprising a mini roundabout on Church Street will provide access to the site and an additional access and parking for the neighbouring primary school.
  • On-site multi-functional green infrastructure should provide a buffer between the new homes and sewage treatment works.
  • The right of way along the allocation’s eastern and southern boundaries must be retained as part of multi-functional green infrastructure.
  • re buffers which retain the existing rights of way and provide a visually attractive settlement edge.
  • The completion of archaeological surveys prior to the submission of any planning applications
  • It should be consistent with other relevant policies in the Local Plan.

The allocation of this land offers an opportunity to provide a new access and parking for the existing primary school, which is adjacent to the site. The current access to the school, via Stockwell Lane, is not suitable for this purpose and roads in the vicinity of the school are congested at peak times. An additional access off Church Street and parking adjacent to the school site would alleviate these issues and provide a safer environment for pupils and their families.

In accordance with Policy 3 of the Core Strategy, 30% of the new homes should be affordable homes comprising intermediate, affordable rent and social rent housing.

Janice Towndrow
Parish Clerk