Tuesday June 1, 2021
Many Abbots Leigh residents will have received another leaflet with misleading information about the proposed affordable housing development for local people at Chapel Pill Lane in Ham Green. The leaflet also included a suggesteion that the proposed Abbots Leigh Conservation Area proposal has been deleted from the Neighbourhood Plan and that this will mean more development in Abbots Leigh.
Both these statements are false. The current position is set out in Page 9 of The Link for June.
- The Conservation Area has not been deleted from the Plan;
- The Independent Examiner supported the idea of a Conservation Area; and
- A Conservation Area has no bearing at all on any future development in or around Abbots Leigh.
The Examiner expressed no view on affordable housing at Chapel Pill Lane. He said that it should not be included in the Neighbourhood Plan as it is subject to a current planning application. Such a development could be an allowable rural exception site in green belt under the National Planning Policy Framework and would not set a precedent for Green Belt development elsewhere.