The latest press release from NYMNPA: Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), visited Helmsley yesterday (Thursday 6 November) to see a number of new high quality developments taking place in the town. The visit enabled the National Park Authority to illustrate how it was working proactively with other organisations to support new and existing businesses in Helmsley and to help deliver much needed new housing.
This follows a visit from Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner at DCLG last month who was shown examples of the sensitive developments taking place in the National Park which is encouraged by the Park Authority.
During his time in Helmsley, Brandon Lewis visited the town’s newest business, Helmsley Brewing Company which is opening a craft beer bar and brewery later this month, and one of its most successful, the Feversham Arms to see the hotel’s extension and the recently completed new homes. He also visited the site of a new housing development at Linkfoot Lane which will include five affordable houses for local people.
Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said: “In Helmsley I have seen how great development comes from communities and local businesses joining together to decide what is best for their local area.
“From building new homes to nurturing new businesses, like the excellent Helmsley Brewing Company and Feversham Arms, Helmsley is growing in a way that supports the needs of local people and boosts the local economy.”
Chris France, Director of Planning at the North York Moors National Park Authority, added:
“National Parks are vibrant places where people live and work. Here in the North York Moors we have been working with organisations such as Ryedale District Council to provide opportunities for our towns and villages to grow to meet local housing and employment needs, without harming their special character. It has been a pleasure to show Brandon Lewis some recent developments but also to talk openly about our plans and concerns for the future.”
The Helmsley Plan identifies a number of sites for housing and employment development up to 2027. It also contains a suite of policies to guide various forms of development and to manage change in the town. It has been produced jointly by the National Park Authority and Ryedale District Council together with Helmsley Town Council. Following a public consultation earlier this year, the plan has now been submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.
You would have thought they may have developed a special relationship with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council by now, given the Potash Industry, but then this letter to R&CBC as part of the consultation exercise; - “Government expects all public authorities with responsibility for the regulation of development in the Parks to apply the test rigorously, liaising together to ensure that it is well understood by developers" dated 04/11/14 It goes on to 'remind' R&CBC of the material considerations (referring to the MDT test) :
a) Whether the development is needed to meet the UK’s current and future requirement for potash and specifically polyhalite based fertiliser;
b) Whether the development is needed because of national economic considerations such as providing additional employment and tax revenues, increasing competition or reducing the UK’s reliance on imports;
c) Whether York Potash’s conclusions that there is no scope for development of the mine head elsewhere outside the National Park are justified;
d) Whether there is scope for the need for the development to be met in any other way;
e) The level of certainty that the proposed development is likely to deliver the large scale economic benefits that are suggested; this requires consideration of the potential world-wide market for polyhalite and the company’s claims regarding its agronomic benefits. It is also necessary to have an outline understanding of the company’s proposed business model;
f) Whether in the light of the above considerations, the justification for the development within the National Park amounts to exceptional circumstances;
g) What impact there would be on the National Park’s landscape and its special qualities, taking into account the mitigation measures incorporated into the proposals;
h) What impact there would be on protected species and habitats, particularly the adjacent internationally protected moorland and whether HRA requirements have been properly addressed;
i) What other environmental impacts there would be, including visual and traffic impacts, noise and vibration, air pollution, light pollution, any impact on heritage assets;
j) What impact there would be on recreational opportunities. the public enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park and the visitor economy, particularly during construction;
k) What impact there would be on the amenities and livelihoods of local residents, businesses and communities in the vicinity of the development sites;
l) Whether potential hydrology and hydrogeology risks during construction have been properly addressed;
m) Whether the transport proposals are acceptable for a major development in a remote rural location;
n) Whether there are technical or practical risks in the mine head and MTS design and construction and whether the proposals for dealing with spoil from the excavation, shaft sinking and tunnel construction are satisfactory;
o) Whether there would be economic implications for Cleveland Potash’s mining operation at Boulby;
p) Whether the Ministry of Defence’s concerns associated with blasting and vibration during construction and operation have been adequately addressed;
q) Whether the proposed Section 106 provisions are sufficient to mitigate and compensate for direct development impacts;
r) Whether the proposed restoration arrangements and other legal safeguards are adequate.
So I doubt that bit of inter-planning engagement went down too well. Then, back to the subject of housing and affordability, the Whitby Gazette reports: 'Officers urge Yes vote for 240 New Homes' :
of interest "MP Robert Goodwill has sent a representation saying he ‘understands the concern of local people’ but stops short of objecting to the proposals. Local borough councillors Jane Kenyon-Miller and David Chance have both written to oppose the application." despite the number of affordable homes been tabled, eh?
And, despite the Scarborough News headline story: 'Investment Boom on the Way' - Tom Fox “The borough is heading for a period of unparalleled economic growth with some of the most significant growth potential in he north of England. The council is committed to making that happen. More than £40bn of investment is planned off the Scarborough coastline at Dogger Bank with the world’s biggest windfarm and over £3bn is being invested on-shore in schemes which include a new “University of Scarborough” being established at the current site." Source: http://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/local/investment-boom-on-way-1-...
Hardly a co-ordinated approach and the mind boggles, putting it politely.
Meanwhile, anyone got a big fish ? beam me up Scotty! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BrSVOOK610 ;-)