On 5 September 2019, residents of the Tarvin Neighbourhood Development Plan Area voted to approve the Plan in a referendum. The plan now becomes a Planning Document with legal force. This means it must be taken into account when any planning matters affecting the Plan area are considered.
The Plan has been four years in the making. Residents have been regularly consulted throughout and the Plan reflects the majority view.
What does the Plan say?
The Neighbourhood Plan is a land use development plan covering the period up to 2030. It can be viewed in full by clicking on the link to the left.
This summary, being delivered to every household in the Plan area via the Autumn 2019 edition of Tarvin Times, identifies the land use policies included in the revised Plan. It concludes that in the period up to 2030 there should be no significant housing development, because the current infrastructure capacity cannot support further significant population growth. The key problems are congestion in Tarvin village (exacerbated by having no public car parking), congestion on main roads, in particular the A51 from Tarvin roundabout to/from Chester and local access to health services.
The most important land use policies and aspirations in the Plan are as follows:
HOUSING — POLICY HG1 — INFILL HOUSING
Residential development on sites within the defined settlement boundary for Tarvin will
be acceptable where it meets other relevant policies in the Plan. This applies to infill
sites and redevelopment of existing previously developed sites and other sites within the
defined settlement boundary
HOUSING — POLICY HG2 — SMALL SCALE DEVELOPMENT
Outside the defined Settlement Boundary (see map), larger areas of new housing development will not be permitted. In this regard, a larger site is defined as amounting to 6 dwellings or more, taking into account related applications for different parts of the same site or adjacent site/sites with a shared access point.
Outside the defined settlement boundary for Tarvin, proposals for small-scale residential redevelopment of sustainably located previously developed sites could be acceptable where the rural character can be protected. Such development may take the form of either replacement buildings or conversion of existing structures to residential use. In this regard, sites considered to be small-scale are those that amount to less than 6 dwellings having considered related applications for different parts of the same site, or adjacent site/sites with a shared access point.
HOUSING — POLICY HG4 — SETTLEMENT SEPARATION
The character and significant features of the landscape between Tarvin and Oscroft should be protected and maintained.
LEISURE — ASPIRATION LSA 1 — LEISURE SITE
Land to the east of Tarporley Road is identified for recreational facilities; to include:
Development proposals that would compromise the future use of the site for sport and/or leisure will be considered unacceptable by the PC.
LEISURE — POLICY LS1 — NEW CYCLE ROUTES
Proposals which encourage, support or contribute to the delivery of a safe cycle route between Tarvin village and Oscroft, provided they are in accordance with other Plan policies, will be supported.
LANDSCAPE & ENVIRONMENT — ASPIRATION LEA1- FUTURE EXTENSION OF TARVIN COMMUNITY WOODLAND
Land adjacent to the east of the A51 at Tarvin roundabout is identified as an extension to the north of the existing community woodland.
LANDSCAPE & ENVIRONMENT — POLICY LE5 — LANDSCAPE AND WILDLIFE
New development in Tarvin should seek to:
TRANSPORT — ASPIRATION TRA 1- PARKING (GARDEN FIELD)
The site at Garden Field, adjacent to the Old Rectory and Glebe Cottage, on the east side of Church Street is identified for off-street car parking. Development proposals that would prevent the future use of the site for that purpose will not be considered appropriate by the PC.
TRANSPORT — POLICY TR3 — ADAPTING THE HIGHWAY NETWORK
Where planning permission is required, proposals for minor adaptations to highways infrastructure that will smooth traffic flows and reduce congestion on the A51 within Plan area, including preparatory works to allow for future major highway changes, will be acceptable. They must be implemented without significant negative alterations to the built and natural environs of residential properties that are adjacent or nearby.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — POLICY ED1 — CHANGE OF USE
Change of use from residential to business will be supported for developments within the Plan area where they provide additional work opportunities and do not compromise the rural setting and do not harm the amenity of neighbours. Change of use from retail to other business uses within the Settlement Boundary will be supported if the proposal does not result in a net reduction of employment opportunities. Changes of use from retail or business use to residential which require planning permission will not supported unless:
* Two years is specified as in current market conditions anything less would be unrealistic.
Other policies cover: