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POLICY 17 - LOCATION OF NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

17.1 Proposals for new residential development will only be permitted where:

There is insufficient land with planning permission to meet the annual
provision rate as detailed in the most up-to-date Housing Land Availability
Schedule19.

17.2 Where the most recent published Housing Land Availability Schedule demonstrates that the capacity of existing planning permissions is not sufficient to satisfy the annualised housing requirement proposals for new housing will be considered, in order of priority for:

  1. The re-use or conversion of existing buildings within a settlement boundary
  2. The redevelopment of previously developed land within a settlement boundary
  3. The development of previously undeveloped land within a settlement boundary, where this avoids areas of open space (Policy 33), areas identified as being of defined settlement character (Policy 12) and areas of natural heritage (Policies 4A-4C), where it is demonstrated that the site is well located in relation to houses, jobs, other services and infrastructure, and is or can be made accessible by public transport, walking or cycling. 

17.3 Where the most recent published Housing Land Availability Schedule demonstrates that the capacity of existing planning permissions is sufficient to satisfy the annualised requirement proposals for new housing will not be granted permission, unless the proposal is for one of the following exceptions: 

  1. Replacement of cleared dwellings
  2. Housing for special need housing groups where there is an identified local need as set out in the Supporting People Strategy20
  3. Affordable housing where there is an identified local need as set out in an up-to-date housing needs assessment
  4. New dwellings which form a key element of a mixed use regeneration project where such a project has been approved by the Council
  5. An agricultural or forestry worker’s dwelling where it is essential to the functioning and viability of the agricultural or forestry holding
  6. Conversion of a building(s) to residential use where it would be the only realistic means of securing the future of a Listed Building (in line with Policy 9)
  7. Conversion of a building within a defined settlement boundary to create no more than five residential units within any one planning unit as it existed on 6th October 2004.

17.4 The exceptions in A-D and G above should be met in order of priority of 1-3 above. However the following will also apply: 

  • For replacement dwellings where there is insufficient previously developed land within a settlement boundary to meet the needs of the proposal, development may be permitted on HMR Reserved Housing Land where it can be demonstrated that sites in accordance with 1-3 above are not available (or that the HMR Reserved Housing Site accords with either 1, 2 or 3 above) and the dwellings cannot be replaced on the same site.

    The following sites are designated as HMR Reserved Housing Land:

    Clitheroe Road, Brierfield 2.1 ha21
    Gib Hill, Nelson (Phased)
    12.01 ha
    Knotts Lane, Colne (including the former Cement Works)
    7.85 ha
    Former Lucas Sports Ground, Reedley
    2.64 ha
    Further Clough Head, Nelson
    3.66 ha22
    James Nelson’s Sports Ground, Nelson
    1.82ha
  • For special needs or affordable housing, exception sites adjoining a settlement boundary in rural areas will be considered where there is insufficient land within a village settlement boundary.
  • For agricultural / forestry workers dwellings, exception will be made for development outside of the main urban area in line with Policy 1.

17.5 Amendment to a previously permitted scheme (extant permission) will be treated as an exception, providing there is no net increase in dwelling numbers across the site. 

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