Gypsy and Traveller Plan Site Options

Gypsy and Traveller Plan Site Options May 2014

7. Potential Site Options

7.1. All sites that have come forward through the sources outlined in paragraph 6.2 have been subject to initial assessments against the criteria noted in paragraph 6.5 on grounds of their suitability to potentially provide Gypsy and Traveller accommodation.

Potential Capacity

7.2. In order to understand whether or not the site options being assessed are able to potentially accommodate the requirement for the District, a potential capacity of each site has been put forward having had regard to several factors. These are:

  • The number of existing temporary pitches on the site
  • The number of pitches promoted on the site during the various call for sites
  • The governments guidelines on an appropriate number of pitches to manage for an entirely new site
  • The number of existing permanent pitches already on the site
  • The government's guidance on an average pitch size

7.3. For some sites, the total capacity includes both current temporary pitches and proposed additional pitches.

7.4. Following such initial assessments, Table 3 below lists the sites considered to be potentially suitable options to consider allocating for the permanent use as Gypsy and Traveller accommodation. These site options and associated potential number of pitches are what the Council is now seeking views on. Appendix 1 includes information on the location of each site, their current status, and the potential capacity for additional pitches.

Table 3: Potential Site Options

Site details

Current status of site and how identified

Proposed no. additional permanent pitches for potential allocation

Total number of pitches on site (including existing permanent)

Holly Mobile Home Park, Hockenden Lane, Swanley

 Temporary

 3

 3

Robertsons Nursery, Goldsel Road, Swanley

 Temporary

 1

 1

Malt House Farm, Lower Road, Hextable

 Temporary

 1

 1

Land adj. Valley Park South, Lower Road, Hextable

 Call for sites

 5

22 - This consists of the 17 pitches permanently permitted on the site, and an additional 5 being proposed

Hilltop Farm, London Road, Farningham

 Temporary

 5

 5

Land East of Knockholt Station, London Road, Halstead

 Temporary

 12

12 - This consists of 6 currently temporary pitches and an additional 6 promoted during the 2012 call for sites

Land at Fort Halstead, Halstead (outside of Major Developed Site boundary)

Identified by the Council through Local Plan Allocations discussions

 15

 15

Land South of Mesne Way, part of Timberden Farm, Shoreham

Identified by the Council as landowner

 15

 15

Eagles Farm, Crowhurst Lane, West Kingsdown.

Both temporary and permanent pitches

4

6 - This includes 2 permanent pitches, 2 currently temporary pitches, and 2 additional pitches promoted during the 2012 call for sites.

Hollywood Gardens, School Lane, West Kingsdown

Temporary

1

1

Early Autumn, East Hill Road, Knatts Valley

Permanent - call for sites

1

3 - This consists of 2 existing permanent pitches, and 1 additional pitch promoted during the 2012 call for sites

Fordwood Farm, New Street Road, Hodsoll Street

Temporary

1

1

Seven Acre Farm, Hever Road, Edenbridge

 Temporary

 7

 7

TOTAL proposed additional pitches:

 

 

 

71

 

7.5. The Council hopes that additional pitches will be proposed through this consultation. This would put the Council in a strong position to be able to make sound, well informed choices about which of the options are the most suitable going forward. It is not simply the case that all of the sites proposed must be taken forward in later versions of this plan and through to examination and adoption.

7.6. For some of these site options, the development of the number of pitches would not require development on the whole site. Views are therefore also welcomed on what areas are considered to be the most appropriate locations within these sites.

Site with Live Planning Applications

7.7. Land West of Button Street, Swanley (Farningham, Horton Kirby and South Darenth Ward) has a live planning application to be determined. The application number is 13/03227/FUL. It would not be appropriate to pre-empt the planning process and make an initial assessment of suitability at this stage until the application has been determined. Therefore, whilst the Council has undertaken an assessment of the constraints on the site, according to the assessment criteria, views are being sought alongside the other site options on the suitability of this site in providing any future pitches to help meet the identified need.

7.8. An application has been received by the Council in early March (2014) for Land at Pedham Place, London Road, Farningham for the provision of 5 pitches for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation. It is intended that this site will assessed in the same way as Land West of Button Street, Swanley, without compromising the planning application process.

Consultation Questions - Site Assessments

Q11 Do you agree with the initial site assessments (see also the background site assessment document)? If not, why not?

Q12 Do you think the number of pitches proposed for each potential site option is acceptable? If not, why not?

Q13 Should any future residential site provision include any additional space for visitors?

7.9. The consultation presents an initial assessment of the site options proposed to the Council and identified by it. Inclusion in this document does not necessarily mean that a site will be taken forward as the plan progresses to examination and adoption. The Council will positively consider any proposed alternatives to the sites in this consultation document.

Consultation Question - Additional Sites

Q14 Can you suggest any additional sites that you consider suitable for use as Gypsy and Traveller sites?

Consultation Question - Travelling Showpeople

Q15 In view of the fact that there is currently no specific identified need for a Travelling Showpeople site in Sevenoaks, is there a need to provide additional capacity for Travelling Showpeople in the District?

Design and Layout Guidance

7.10. The Council recognise that any proposed allocation sites will require design and layout criteria to be considered as part of an individual site allocation, to ensure sufficient mitigation measures are included in the development process of each site. The Council are therefore seeking the views of interested parties on these matters.

Consultation Question - Design and Layout Guidance

Q16 What criteria considerations do you feel should be included, if any, into design and layout guidance to support proposed allocations?