We are where we are Part 2 where we could be.
The District Council should compulsory purchase all land identified through the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). By taking control of land, achievement of 15 minute Neighbourhoods could become a reality. Economic viability will likely be more assured and delivery of community needs more likely to be met. Compulsory purchase of land into public hands is far more accountable, it will ensure fairer distribution and accessibility to services and amenities in the public by ensuring housing is built at the right time in the right place so communities are not isolated. By taking control of the land on behalf of communities then the District Council will be able lead effectively and achieve its local planning objectives. Affordability and accountability is assured as any profits will be ploughed back into community gain.
- Housing built near shops, services and jobs.
- Ensure accessibility to sustainable quantities of clean drinking water
- Business centres with on-site economic development offices.
- Access to Education, Parks and Open Spaces, Play and Sport and Open Countryside on the doorstep.
- Innovative energy positive design and architecture with development densities reflecting topography on site, two to five storey developments, flats over shops and offices, the higher up the build and the greater the population density the smaller the land footprint, tall and thin, no garages, spaced apart for more open green infrastructure environments at ground level (opportunities for ground source heat pumps. Direct access for cycle/pedestrians to different floor levels and green infrastructure corridors on sloping sites.
- Housing orientated for greatest solar gain, built on several different levels, roof top gardens, trees, solar panels, solar heating, air source pump heat, create natural habitats in the design and build. Public access to rooftops.
- Housing close to work cuts commuting time, slashes significant capital and revenue spending on roads and provides opportunity for more enjoyable environments, green corridors, public squares and parklands
- Hard development balanced equally or tipped towards green infrastructure.
- Mixed-uses in the built environment might include housing, shops, small manufacturing and green light industry, farm market, food stores, restaurants, offices all below second, third and fourth floor flats connected by walkways with cafe’s and green roof squares on top.
- Provide jobs so close a car is not needed
- The undulating altitude of land within BANES is such that advantage can be taken from wind generated power without long cable pylon runs.
- Ensure every dwelling, business and shop premises to have the ability to be connected to the latest (at that time) communication platform.
Why the contribution is important
To ensure an economically balanced living environment, there must be a fairer and balanced starting point to people’s opportunity in life. In order to be in control of delivering affordable holistic development that meets the needs of the B&NES communities going forward. The District Council should be the authority pulling the strings. The best way to achieve this is to have control of the land where the developments and opportunities of delivering truly sustainable areas exist.
by Louise on December 21, 2020 at 01:14PM