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POLICY DS12 - Housing in Category 1-4 Settlements

  1. New housing within Category 1 Settlements (as listed in Policy DS11) will be restricted to:
    1. Infill housing within gaps in established frontages and inside the settlement boundary as shown on the Inset Proposals Maps;
    2. Residential conversions of existing buildings of acknowledged topographical interest or distinct local character;
    3. Replacement of individual buildings of little or no such interest or character, provided that the building in question does not constitute an essential community facility not duplicated or replaceable elsewhere in the settlement;
    4. Redevelopment of sites containing uses or buildings of adverse effect on the immediate local environment;
    5. Affordable housing (in accordance with Policy CN3) either within or acceptably adjacent to the settlement boundary.

Category 1 settlements will be the focus for local needs development which is genuinely required to meet the needs of the rural area throughout the plan period.

  1. New housing within Category 2 Settlements (as listed in Policy DS11) will be restricted to:
    1. Infill housing within gaps in established frontages and inside the settlement boundary as shown on the Inset Proposals Maps;
    2. Residential conversions of existing buildings of acknowledged topographical interest or distinct local character;
    3. Replacement of individual buildings of little or no such interest or character, provided that the building in question does not constitute an essential community facility not duplicated or replaceable elsewhere in the settlement;
    4. Redevelopment of sites containing uses or buildings of adverse effect on the immediate local environment;
    5. Affordable housing (in accordance with Policy CN3) either within or acceptably adjacent to the settlement boundary, in the absence of alternative sites in Category 1 Settlements.
  2. New housing within Category 3 Settlements (as listed below) will be restricted to:
    1. Residential conversions of existing buildings of acknowledged topographical interest or distinct local character;
    2. Replacement of individual buildings of little or no such interest or character, provided that the building in question does not constitute an essential community facility not duplicated or replaceable elsewhere in the settlement;
    3. Affordable housing (in accordance with Policy CN3) either within or acceptably adjacent to the settlement, where it can be demonstrated that local housing needs cannot be met within Category 1 or 2 Settlements.

Category 3 Settlements are locations where limited development to address local affordable housing needs in the form of exception schemes under Policy CN3 may be acceptable. The settlements have relatively few services and facilities and a low level of public transport provision.

For the purposes of the Local Plan, Category 3 Settlements are:

Bushley
Colletts Green
Grimley
Guarlford
Eardiston
Earls Croome
Little Witley
Longdon
Longley Green
Pendock
Ryall and Holly Green
Severn Stoke
Sinton Green
Suckley
  1. New housing within Category 4 Settlements (as listed below) will be restricted to:
    1. The conversion or replacement of appropriate buildings;
    2. Affordable housing (in accordance with Policy CN3) within or acceptably adjacent to the settlement, where it can be demonstrated that local housing needs cannot be met within Category 1-3 Settlements.

Category 4 settlements are to be regarded as being within the open countryside. They do not have defined settlement boundaries but are locations where small schemes to address local affordable housing in the form of exception schemes may be acceptable.

For the purposes of the Local Plan Category 4 Settlements are:

Abberley Village
Bayton
Bransford
Corse Lawn
Dunley
Pensax
Tunnel Hill

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