The Great Haddon sustainable urban extension is allocated under Policy CS5 of the Peterborough Local Development Framework Core Strategy adopted on 23 February 2011, which sets the district’s development strategy to 2026.
In addition, the adoption of the Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) in April 2012 confirmed the expected capacity of the urban extension (up to 5350 new homes, a new district centre and associated uses in the Great Haddon Core Area, with 65 hectares of employment land in the Great Haddon Employment Area. The adoption of the Planning Policies DPD in December 2012 sets out the development management policies which will govern the details of new development in the district.
The adopted Local Development Framework now in place embeds Great Haddon as one of the key features of the development strategy and provides a robust policy framework against which to consider the application proposals. The allocation of Great Haddon is also included in the review of the local plan which commenced in 2016.
The Employment Area of Great Haddon was granted outline planning permission in May 2011. This meant that an early start could be made on this element of the urban extension, helping to secure the early provision of jobs and economic activity on site. Implementation of this part of the development is now well underway.
Discussions with the City, County and District Councils and statutory consultees on the Core Area proposals for Great Haddon have continued since May 2011, with a series of update reports, plans and technical briefing notes prepared in order to inform the resolution of the outstanding technical issues.
This additional period of discussion and negotiation resulted in the lifting of the holding objections for the Core Area from Natural England (10 August 2011) and the Highways Agency (26 November 2012). The Development Framework Plan and other Parameter Plans have been updated to reflect the requirements of local stakeholders and the Councils, specifically in relation to a reduction in the A15 and Great North Road access points and removal of development adjacent to the ‘Yaxley edge’.
The Core Area application was considered at Committee in March 2013 and again January 2015, when the Council resolved to approve the scheme subject to the signing of a s106 legal agreement. Since this time work has continued with the landowners to ensure that the obligations required in the s106 agreement can be delivered in a timely and effective way so that as well as new homes, the appropriate scale of supporting facilities are built to support new residents.
Working Paper 14 sets out the key changes to the Core Area proposal since 2011.
A series of Working Papers have been prepared which document all the work undertaken on the Great Haddon project prior to its consideration at Committee.