Herefordshire Core Strategy – New Homes 4.4.3
Approximately 200 new homes will be delivered in Kington between 2011 and 2031, with sites allocated through a Neighbourhood Development Plan. Sites within the existing confines of the town are constrained in terms of flooding. Developing peripheral sites will require compromise in terms of effect upon the landscape. Choice of sites should seek those with least impact and where the provision of significant landscape and townscape mitigation measures can best be achieved. Phasing will be necessary to overcome current infrastructure constraints.
See What you said in the Results & Analysis report from the consultation and questionnaire.
Housing: What are the Issues?
In June 2014 over 60 Kington Residents came together to discuss Neighbourhood Plan housing policies. Read More in the KANDP Housing Meeting Notes 30-6-14
Housing in Kington Town
Herefordshire Council has given Kington Town a target of about 200 new homes to be built by 2031. (Herefordshire Council has decided that we can include some recent development, so our number of new homes to be built is now around 150).
We cannot reduce this number because it has been set to help meet the overall target for Herefordshire agreed with the government. But the responsibility of identifying sites for the new housing has been devolved to Kington people through the Neighbourhood Plan. See the map of all of the potential Housing sites which are currently being considered.
Where do we want new homes built?
The KLAP survey showed that the majority of people would like development in small clusters, preferably on ‘brownfield’ sites. Unfortunately there aren’t many of those in the town and there are difficulties, such as lack of parking space, with ‘in-filling’ in small spaces. We must therefore consider some greenfield sites on the fringes of the town where landowners are willing to have some development.
What kind of new houses do we want?
The KLAP survey showed that people want a mix of houses– family homes, some bungalows, homes with flexible space to allow ‘working from home’, homes with gardens and parking spaces, and play areas, with easy access to the town centre.
Everyone wants low maintenance and high energy-efficiency. We must have planning policies that require high quality design, so that new homes will be affordable and sustainable and good to look at in the environment of a small rural town which has a lot of notable historic buildings and features.
When do we want them built?
Our target number of homes can be constructed in phases between now and 2031. If the new homes are intended for an increase in the number of people living in the town then some addition to services such as school places and job opportunities will also needed. The intention must be to stimulate the town to grow gradually and to increase its viability, not to create a ‘ghost’ commuter town
Huntington, Kington Rural and Harpton.
No targets have been set for Huntington or Kington Rural and Lower Harpton in the Core Strategy. Any building in the two areas will be limited to individual applications for essential needs such as agriculture, forestry, re-using redundant buildings such as barns, and a few other exceptions. However, if either community wishes, and has good reasons, a small number of additional houses under the Neighbourhood Plan could be specified.
What do you think – let us know.
- For whom? Incoming families, retiring couples, those with jobs, those without jobs?
- How much existing housing is vacant and why?
- Re-ruralisation? Allow small holders to build on their acre? Provide for self-build?