Planning Policy Intentions
Pool-in-Wharfedale is identified as a ‘smaller settlement’ in LCC’s settlement hierarchy (ref LCC Core Strategy). As such, it could expect to receive housing allocations in order to help meet the housing target for Outer North West Leeds. The submitted LCC Site Allocations Plan however includes no housing allocations for Pool. What it does include is 23.1 ha of ‘safeguarded land’ at Old Pool Bank (land at) capable of accommodating some 540 homes after 2028. This Neighbourhood Plan cannot vary from this policy, if confirmed, can set out development requirements to guide any such housing development on this land.
The absence of housing allocations cannot of course preclude developer applications on other sites within Pool (eg Chapel Hill Road). In the first instance, the response to such applications is governed by Core Strategy policy which states that infrastructure capacity (transport, education, health), accessibility standards, intrinsic amenity, recreation or nature conservation value and visual/historic /spatial character are all key factors in determining acceptability. This plan will include a more detailed policy to address these issues from a local Pool perspective.
The local community has made it clear (ref 2015/16 ‘Living Survey’) that any new housing should reflect the needs of the community with smaller house types preferred (including starter homes) and an emphasis on the needs of the elderly, ie flats, supported living provision and bungalows. Neighbourhood Plan policy will reflect this view.
POLICY INTENTION H1:
SAFEGUARDED LAND AT OLD POOL BANK – DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ASPIRATIONS
Policy will set out development requirements and aspirations in order to guide the development of new housing.
POLICY INTENTION H2:
HOUSING ON NON-ALLOCATED SITES
Policy will expect new housing on such sites to meet criteria in respect of the green and built environment; local road safety and traffic congestion; ease of access to the road network, avoiding the village centre wherever feasible; ease of access re footpath/cycle routes, bus stops and local facilities; off-street parking.
POLICY INTENTION H3:
Policy will support housing sizes and types which meet the needs of the local community.