Test Valley Borough Council
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Test Valley Borough Council
Test Valley Borough Council is a largely rural Hampshire local authority stretching from the urban periphery of Southampton in the south to the very north-west of the county. The largest towns are Andover and Romsey almost at opposite ends of the borough.
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Key points about developing in Test Valley
Development Plan: Test Valley has yet to adopt a Core Strategy so work to a 2006 Local Plan. The Revised Local Plan DPD has now reached the examination stage which is due to happen between now and January – adoption is likely to be well into 2015 perhaps April at the earliest.
Pre-application advice: Test Valley charges for this service (unusually there is a small charge for householder proposals) with fees dependent upon the scale of the proposal – the current schedule of fees can be found here. Call us for advice on whether this service is worthwhile in your case.
Affordable Housing: In the settlements with a population over 3000 there is a threshold of 15 units or 0.5 ha and elsewhere there is a threshold of 5 units or 0.2 hectares above which 40% affordable housing will be required. The Revised Local Plan is set the change thresholds so that each new dwelling contributes but with a reducing percentage for smaller schemes.
Section 106 contributions:
Public Open Space – depends upon the dwelling size: the worst case a 4 or more bedroom dwelling would be a whopping £5500 whereas a one bedroom dwelling would be £1450. Larger proposals of 10+ dwellings will also have to pay c£1200 per dwelling towards sports and community buildings. There may be other contributions for major developments on a site by site basis.
Transport – part of the Hampshire-wide Contributions Scheme, for new residential units it is £1,980 for a one bedroom unit, £3,745 for a two or three bedroom unit and £5,457 for 4 or more bedrooms – they should take into account the number of traffic movements the previous use generates.
Special policy restrictions:
Test Valley current Local Plan uses unusual frontage development policies for most of its rural settlements. Rather than drawing a line around the extents of the settlement and indicating that in principle development is acceptable within, the frontage policy draws lines along the sides of roads where frontage development is in principle acceptable. So houses within the frontage line may be redeveloped and potentially subdivided and any gaps in the frontage can be infilled but no development may take place behind the frontage. In the forthcoming Revised Local Plan this is all set to change with the introduction of conventional settlement boundaries across the board.