The Consultation on the draft Area Action Plan for Ryde has now commenced. For further details: www.iwight.com/aap
Ryde Area Action Plan
The Isle of Wight Council consults with Ryde Town Council on emerging plans in the Ryde Key Regeneration Area.
The Isle of Wight Council, as part of the Island Plan, has confirmed that it will prepare an Area Action Plan (AAP) for the area.
The Isle of Wight Council has confirmed that this AAP will be produced in 2015 and will be published as a first stage document for consultation.
As part of its Planning Role Ryde Town Council has written to the Isle of Wight Council on a number of matters and the current view of Ryde Town Council’s Planning Committee on certain matters is set out below.
Ryde Town Council reserves the right to alter its view on the AAP if additional or alternative evidence is submitted as part of the consultation process. If you wish to discuss any of these points please contact our Planning Clerk at email@example.com
The Isle of Wight Council’s review into Island Plan Core Strategy SP2 has recommended a revised spatial distribution for development in Ryde.
Ryde Town Council supports the revised spatial distribution as set out in the consultation documents that reduces the overall housing number to be planned for Ryde over the Core Strategy period from 2,450 to 1,949 with the following proviso:
‘If work, undertaken as part of the AAP process, identifies that the levels of growth in Ryde cannot be delivered without the need for major infrastructure improvements that are not identified and funded then it is recommended that housing allocations are only proposed to the level of development that can be supported by a fully funded infrastructure programme.’
The most recent document, produced by the Isle of Wight Council, that considers the amount and type of future housing to be planned for in Ryde is called the Strategic Housing Market Assessment.
The Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2014 confirms that for Ryde the proportion of new housing required that needs to be ‘affordable housing’ is 56% and not 35% as set out within the Core Strategy.
Ryde Town Council has therefore written to the Isle of Wight Council and request that they carry out a viability assessment on all large-scale development proposals to examine whether the target of 35% affordable housing can be increased.
Ryde Town Council has written to the Isle of Wight Council outlining its position in respect of flooding issues in and around the town and that the Area Action Plan will ensure that any option to reduce flooding in the areas identified by the Ryde Surface Water Management Plan is supported by policy.
It has asked for a commitment that the Ryde AAP will include a dedicated section on the outfall project and that the AAP will set an appropriate size of development from which contributions towards the outfall project will be requested taking into consideration the Community Infrastructure Regulations and the ability to pool s106 agreements.
Ryde Town Council has asked that the Ryde AAP includes specific wording that encourages new development to disconnect surface water drainage from large roofed and paved areas from discharging into the combined sewers or watercourses.
Ryde Town Council has asked that the Ryde AAP will include a requirement that new development ensures that the peak runoff rate from the development to any highway drain, sewer or surface water body does not exceed the 1 in 1 year rainfall event and the 1 in 100 year rainfall event the peak greenfield runoff rate for the same event.
Ryde Town Council will support measures identified in the Ryde Masterplan ‘vision’ when they lead to an improvement in flood alleviation or make a positive improvement to the situation in the Monktonmead catchment area.
Ryde Town Council has written to the Isle of Wight Council requiring confirmation that the Ryde Area Action Plan will appropriately set out a mechanism for ensuring that the identified deficiencies in the Highways Network identified by the IWC’s own reports can be delivered through the plan process taking into consideration the Community Infrastructure Regulations and the ability to pool s106 agreements.
Ryde Town Council has also asked the Isle of Wight Council to confirm the process by which the identified highways improvements will be designed and costed in order that it can have assurance that the additional development will be brought forward with the necessary infrastructure having been provided (or funds identified).
Ryde Town Council is aware that the planned level of growth identified in the Area Action Plan will require new primary school provision. As such it will seek to ensure that this is appropriately planned for as part of the Ryde Area Action Plan.
Ryde Town Council considers that the planned level of growth identified in the Area Action Plan will require additional GP facilities in Ryde. As such it will seek to ensure that this is appropriately planned for as part of the Ryde Area Action Plan.
Ryde Town Council has met with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership to highlight the allocated land adjacent to Nicholson Road that is suitable for the provision of local jobs.
The Town Council considers that the delivery of employment opportunities for local residents is a key requisite to accepting growth.
Whilst the Isle of Wight Council has allocated this land for jobs it is considered that additional support needs to be given to ensure that this site ‘comes to market’.
Ryde Town Council will be taking action to promote this site and will be having further dialogue with the Isle of Wight Council over the release of this land for employment opportunities.
Gypsies and Travellers
Ryde Town Council recognises that there is a need to ‘allocate’ sufficient sites to meet the needs of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople.
The Isle of Wight Council has published an updated Accommodation Assessment which can be found here.
Ryde Town Council has accepted the findings of the Isle of Wight Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment 2015 and has written to the Isle of Wight Council to confirm that the settled population lives in the Parish of Nettlestone and Seaview and not Ryde.
Settlement Boundary Response for Area Action Plan (AAP)
As part of the early stages of the Area Action Plan review the Isle of Wight Council published an ‘informal discussion document’. Within this document the Isle of Wight Council carried out a review of the settlement boundaries.
Ryde Town Council has written to the Isle of Wight Council in connection with the settlement boundary review and has:
· confirmed that it does not have an objection to a settlement boundary amendment in the Binstead Area (as set out in Area 1 map)
· confirmed that in Ryde Town Council’s opinion there is no need to amend the settlement boundary in this location due to the approval of the recent application off Ashey Road and the presence of a village green.
· confirmed that Ryde Town Council considers that the settlement boundary should be drawn around the pier and all areas north of The Esplanade to reflect the Ryde Masterplan outcomes.
· confirmed that Ryde Town Council considers that the current settlement boundary as adopted is drawn in the correct place and does not need to be extended to include Harcourt Sands. Harcourt Sands is a brownfield site not immediately adjacent the defined settlement boundary of Ryde but within the AAP and it is considered therefore that policy SP1 already supports ‘in principle’ development of this land.
· confirmed that Ryde Town Council considers that the settlement boundary needs to be redrawn in the location shown in the report as Trafalgar Drive, Binstead.
Green gaps, green space and settlement coalescence
The importance of green gaps and areas for people to recreate are just as important as new development and it is up to the Isle of Wight Council to plan for these areas as well.
Ryde Town Council has confirmed to the Isle of Wight Council that Ryde Golf Course should be considered as a local green gap and has recommend to the Isle of Wight Council that the area behind Newnham Road and across to Elenors Grove be designated as a local green gap to prevent settlement coalescence.
Ryde Town Council has considered recent findings of the Planning Inspectorate in relation to another development on the island and has resolved not to object to the areas of land put forward in Haylands on the basis of settlement coalescence with Havenstreet.
Ryde Town Council supports the use of the Accessible Natural Green Space Standard (ANGSt) to provide sufficient green space on new developments and to request that in any allocation made within the AAP the location, provision and requirements for green space are shown in plan form to ensure that sufficient land is set aside for open space, flood mitigation and sustainable transport routes.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE THE VIEWS OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE BASED ON THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION. IF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS RECEIVED THEN THE PLANNING COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ALTER ITS POSITION.