UBNP November Update to Parish Council


Following on from the meeting we had on the 9th. October with HDC, SDNPA, AiRS, our consultants and the NP Team (notes sent out previously) I can update you on the following:

Queries raised with AECOM on some details contained within the Housing Needs Assessment, (inclusion of the SDNP Plan, housing numbers within the SDNP, properties built in UB within the last 5 years and some typos) have been accepted but we are still waiting for the final report to be published.

AECOM site assessments to start in mid. November (14/11/17), the sites they will be assessing are:
1. Strip of land Smugglers Lane
2. Land East of Pound Lane
3. Little Paddocks
6. Land at Greenfields Henfield Road
11. Behind Post Office, Small Dole. Oxcroft Farm South End
16. Valerie Manor Henfield Rd
17. Church Farm UB Adj. Caravan Park
18. Riverside Caravan Park
19. Burrells Henfield Road, Small Dole
These 9 sites are from a total of 19 (2 new additions since our initial Call for Sites), the other 10 have been excluded due to either being in SDNPA (6), windfall (2), Cement Works (1), no longer a development site (1).

It is anticipated that the reports will not be available until the 3rd week in December 2017

The PC wrote to WSCC re: the Smugglers Lane site, following my report last month. They have yet to receive a response

Affordable Homes on Garages idea is not progressing well. The Hyde Group who use to build these has taken a strategic decision to withdraw from the development of housing in rural locations and Adur Valley Court Lessees Ltd. who own 54 of the garages seem reluctant to consider the proposal. I sought advice from HDC but unfortunately they cannot pursue this as they do not have the resource to develop this independently. It is therefore looking likely that we will be unable to progress this idea.

Henfield PC have had an open day event on the 4th. Nov. and are holding a second on the 8th of Nov. They have 30 proposed sites two of which are in their part of Small Dole (the Wates site and Highdown Nursery). A resident of Small Dole thought it would be useful if the potential site included in our plan for Small Dole (Oxcroft Farm) was shown. I agreed, so this will now be included in the next Henfield event. They are also holding public meetings at the Henfield Hall for Developers and Landowners to make presentations. These meetings are on the 14th. and 28th. of Nov.

Following on from our Site Surveys (which we hope to discuss on 29th. Nov. ) we will be setting up Community Events in UB and SD in December / January to share our proposed sites with the community for feedback.

AiRS are holding the Sussex Community Housing Hub Launch – West Sussex at the Steyning Centre on 5th. December, Miles Carey and myself will be attending

Next NP Meeting will be held on 29th. November at the HUB UB.

Sean Teatum
UBNP Chairman

UBNP October Update to Parish council



Things have been rather slow this month:

• We are waiting for the Housing Needs Assessment to be signed off by Locality following our response to AECOM on the draft. Thought this would be completed by mid. September but looks like in will now be October 6th or 9th!
• Waiting for a date for AECOM to start the site assessments.
• Meeting planned with HDC, SDNPA, AiRS, our consultant and members of the NP Team on 9th Oct to discuss next steps, what response the District have to our final Housing Needs number (189?) and the support they will be able to give us.
• Problems with finding ownership of our garages around UB that we are looking into possible regenerating to Affordable Homes. Saxon Weald say they own very few garages and are not looking to sell them and have no plans to redevelop them. Adur Valley Court own around 54 through their leaseholders. I have written to Lambeth Council to find out more info on their scheme.
• I was asked to check out WSCC’s ongoing plans for Smugglers Lane site and its use for Affordable Homes (AH). They said they were still keen to promote this land for housing, although any feasibility work required in connection with future development would not be a high priority given the number of other projects they had. They said that WSCC is legally bound to achieve best value when disposing or developing its assets and commercially ‘affordable housing’ would not produce best value. This did seem to be a very negative comment seeing as the PC had previously worked with WSCC and AiRS to produce plans for AHs. Should the PC follow this up?
• Met with the Small Dole (SD) Village Hall Team to discuss NP on 27th. Sept. and Ray Osgood the Henfield NP Chair. Concern in SD regards lack of representation on NP Teams. We offered to use Village Hall Team as virtual NP Team and build up better comms, input and feedback.
• Henfield’s draft HNA has been produced showing a requirement for 272 – 285 new homes.
• Wrote to SDNPA to find out how their Action Plan on the Cement Works is progressing and would they be willing to attend a public meeting in UB to discuss and review other options for the site. They said that this would be a good idea but not until early 2018.
• Finally got a response from WSCC regarding infrastructure and site access issues and some contacts to use to get limited support.
• Next NP Team Meeting TBA depending on progress, possibly 25th Oct.at the HUB UB, will confirm on the PC website along with more NP News http://upperbeeding-pc.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan/

Sean Teatum Chairman of the UB NP Team