- The Parish Council is setting out the conditions to ascertain the viability of the Village
Envelope/Confines Process and what they would expect the outcome to look like, i.e. a
potential scale of development that could be expected to come forward as a result of the
drawing on the’envelope/confines.’
- Assuming a village envelope exercise is appropriate, ABC officers will undertake a desktop
exercise to assess planning history and likely areas of debate using for example, GIS data,
aerial pictures, Google Street map imagery, etc.
- ABC officers willthen conduct a site visit.
- ABC officers will then produce some options as a ‘starter for 10’ for discussion with the
Parish Council. The number of options is likely to depend on the complexity of the
geography. and layout of the settlement and whether any ‘outlying’ groups of buildings
should be included or not.
- The Parish Council undertakes a local public consultation exercise which will be supported /
facilitated by ABC officers. The precise nature and scope of this may vary from place to place
but should provide an opportunity for all local residents to feed comments into the process.
- Both the PC and ABC officers consider the responses made during the public consultation
and decide on a preferred option.
- ABC officers prepare a report to Cabinet (or Planning Committee) setting out the process
undertaken, options considered, public comments received and the responses to such
comments with a recommendation that the preferred option be adopted for development
management purposes. lf agreed, this would then be applied as the ‘built confines’ for
purposes of interpreting adopted Local Plan policy for that settlement.The principal benefit of establishing a map-based village envelope is that it can provide greater
clarity for local residents, landowners, developers and decision-makers (whether that is the Borough
Council or the Planning Inspectorate in appeal scenarios) as to where the Local Planning Authority
and local community generally regard the built up part of their settlement begins and ends. This can
identify infilling opportunities in settlements or where ‘exception’ policies (such as those for Local
needs housing) might apply.
Whilst it is no longer the case that development proposals outside a village ‘envelope’ can be
automatically regarded as unacceptable in principle, as such an approach is not supported by
government policy in the NPPF, the greater clarity afforded by a defined ‘envelope’ may be a
material factor in the overall balance.
- http://www.ashford.gov.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n5677.pdf&ver=8520 for further information on the terms used .
Nov 18 2016
Village Envelope/Confines Process
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