I think when I first read the Local Plan planning policy documents I was either in a very optimistic mood, or reading late at night when my mind was shutting down, or quite likely both. The positive bits of policy I thought would apply straightforwardly to our eventual planning application now seem to me not quite so clear-cut. But there are still helpful statements in the local plan and also some Regional and National planning guidance that could help us get the go ahead once we’ve found a site.
The Local Plan allows for limited development outside the DDB (Defined Development Boundary) of a town/village in certain cases. Here are those that I think could apply to our scheme:
- Dwellings for which there is proven local need (either for affordable housing – which won’t help us in our application, or essential rural workers dwellings – which might be relevant to us)
- On site replacement of dwellings
- Conversion/replacement of buildings
- Employment development
- Tourist, recreation or community facilities appropriate to a rural area.