The “Vision” for Potterton

Hi Folks – I thought it very important to share the following information that was brought to our attention:

For your representations, there is a section at the top under Modifications that you wish to see in the LDP. An example modification would be requesting the “removal” of the following:

“In the LDP under the “Vision” for Potterton please remove the desire for a new community hall and the identified preference for small business units near to the existing business land”

These may not seem very significant statements but these small statements are one of the reasons being used to justify these developments going ahead i.e. the community has asked for something and they only way they can be provided is through mass scale housing development. The community has not been formally consulted on these, so they should be removed from “our” vision statement.

There has been no public consultation to demonstrate community consensus that our vision is to have a man shed/hall or business units in exchange for the loss of our greenbelt/rural area as a reason to justify the scale of development being pushed through in the LDP. Also note that developers are only legally obliged to make a contribution – see attachment under Community facilities.

The second little line about Business Land is also important as it’s trying to link us into the Energetica corridor, which requires a business land allocation to justify it. Again, a need for business units has not been demonstrated so it should be removed. The planning authority excluded Potterton from the Energetica area.

The last point to request to be removed is on LDP page 19 paragraph 5.14 stating that Potterton is in the Strategic Growth Area. Potterton is not within the Strategic Growth Area – the correct statement is further on in the LDP under the Potterton vision statement (see attached) where it states Potterton “is out with the Aberdeen to Peterhead Strategic Growth Area” which is correct – Potterton is in what they call a “Local Growth Area” where development is for local needs and typically of small scale. We can request that Potterton is removed from the statement on page 19 para 5.14 as it’s not within the Strategic Growth Area.

Snapshot 1. Vision Statement for Potterton

Snapshot 2. Recommendations from the Main Issues Final Issues and Actions (which we were not engaged in) is to add in the man shed/hall. See part on Key stakeholder engagement? Who is this?

Snapshot 3. Community Contributions i.e. the developers are only legally obliged to make contributions to facilities – see allocation required for catchment area.

Snapshot 4. LDP Modifications Section where you can request removal of statements within the LDP.

Snapshot 5. Paragraph 5.14 with Potterton under Strategic Growth Area and included to promote the Energetica Corridor – ask for these to be removed.

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