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             North East

“Thanks for your letter. I apologise for

my late response but I am happy to

endorse and support your manifesto.

“The British countryside needs continued support, especially after the challenges of Brexit. It is very positive that you are also supporting sustainable transport measures and sustainability in general.”

Stephen Psallidas

Lib Dem Candidate, Sedgefield

“Whilst I can agree with much in the national

and regional manifesto to support, such as

the need for urban regeneration, support for agriculture, and retention of environmental protection legislation, and I agree with the brownfield first housing policy suggestion, I am not persuaded that appropriate and sustainable greenfield development should be excluded completely.

“I am supportive of "garden village" type development where it can be demonstrated that this is of exemplary standards of design and sustainability.

As you will be aware, there has been much "generic" housing development in recent years in North Tyneside, to the extent that there is little remaining open and agricultural land in the constituency.

“Even given this trend, there is still a need for further housing development land. If we are to prevent urban sprawl and conglomeration, appropriate and carefully considered greenfield development (of aforementioned high standards) may need to be considered if we are to meet housing need sustainably.

“On this point, I must differ from CPRE given my professional experience of sustainable development and planning including working for companies such as Beyond Green on sustainable developments in this region and nationwide.”

Greg Stone

Lib Dem Candidate, North Tyneside

“I can advise that I see the countryside as

hugely important.   

As the former MP with a large rural area within our constituency, if re-elected I will continue to work with like=minded organisations whilst representing my constituents.   

I would be delighted to meet to discuss should I be re-elected.”

Ian Lavery,

Labour Candidate for Wansbeck

Campaign to Protect Rural England.  Durham Branch

Sunderland Core Strategy and Draft Development Plan 2015-2033:

Publication Draft (CSDP)

June 2018

81 policies

Consultation 15th June- 27th July 2018

CPRE Draft Notes – 1st ed, 16th June 2018

CSPD and supporting documents at:

“Publication Draft” stage

This consultation is on the “Publication Draft” stage.  There is a 4 page, A5, leaflet on the website which explains this which needs to be carefully read if there is an issue you are concerned about and wish to submit comment.  

This stage is not so much about the actual policies, but is whether the correct process/procedure has been followed in drawing up the Plan.

The Key points are:

Is the Plan legal?

Is the Plan “sound”?  Is it:

o “Positively prepared”

o “Justified”

o “Effective”

o “Consistent with national policy”

If there is a policy you are unhappy with you will have to make your case to the Inspector considering the above points.  It can take a rethink on how you present your case.  For example you may be unhappy with a housing allocation and the consultation process, at this stage you are likely to be emphasizing why you were unhappy at the consultation process.

The next stage is an “Examination in Public”.  A key aspect of this is the Inspector considers whether the Plan is “legal”, whether it is “sound”, the submissions received, and decides which “Matters” he wishes to explore in detail.  He then invites the people and organisations he wishes to hear from to the Examination in Public.  Note it is by invitation and the list of attendees is drawn from those who have made submissions at this Publication Draft stage.

This preliminary set of “Notes” was compiled to aid consideration of the Plan by CPRE Durham and CPRE North East.  They were basically done by just looking at the actual Policies and aim to identify and highlight the aspects to do with Green Belt and housing in particular, plus some other issues of local interest.  They also act as a bit of an “index” to the topics covered to ease finding other aspects of interest.  

Note there is expected to be a later “Allocations and Designations Plan”.

If you have any thoughts to share with the local CPRE network we will be very pleased to hear from you.


Sunderland Core Strategy and Draft Development Plan 2015-2033:

Publication Draft (CSDP)

June 2018

CPRE Durham draft Notes – 1st ed, 16th June 2018

Green highlighting – Green Belt related material

Blue highlighting – Housing

Page numbers are those in the document, for pdf on computer screen add 2  

Page Para/


p 1  Contents page  

pp 5-6  List of policies  

p7  List of figures [and maps]  




p 11-23  Background   

p 11-12 Para 1.5 Outline of Local Plan and its preparation

Note there is an “Allocations and Designations Plan” which has yet to be released/consulted upon.

 “Sunderland’s Local Plan is in three parts:

• Part One – Core Strategy and Development Plan (hereafter referred to as This Plan); This Plan sets an overarching strategy, strategic policies and strategic allocations and designations for the future change and growth of Sunderland. This Plan also includes local policies for development management purposes. This Plan will cover the period from 2015 to 2033 and covers all land within Sunderland’s administrative boundaries (Figure 1).                

• Part Two – Allocations and Designations Plan (hereafter referred to as the A&D Plan); will set out local policies including site-specific policy designations and allocations for the development, protection and conservation of land in the city in order to deliver the overall strategy set out within this Plan. This Plan covers all land within Sunderland’s administrative boundaries.

• Part Three – International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) Area Action Plan (AAP) 2017-2032 (hereafter referred to as the IAMP AAP); was adopted by Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council in November 2017. This part of the Local Plan sets out site specific policies for the comprehensive development of the IAMP.

1.6 This Plan (once adopted) and the IAMP Area Action Plan have superseded saved policies of the Sunderland Unitary Development Plan (UDP) 1998 and UDP Alteration No. 2 (2007). However, a number of policies will remain as saved policies and part of the Development Plan until such time as the A&D Plan is adopted. These saved policies will continue to be applied and be a consideration in the determination of planning applications, until they are replaced by policies in the A&D Plan. Appendix 1 sets out the saved policies which should be read alongside this Plan.

1.7 All policies in the Local Plan will be monitored regularly and reviewed (in accordance with the monitoring framework) and updated if necessary, to ensure that the Plan is up-todate. The council’s Local Development Scheme provides details of timescales for preparing and reviewing the Local Plan. The Local Plan may also be supplemented by Neighbourhood Plans, Area Action Plans, Housing Delivery Plans and Supplementary Planning Documents where appropriate.







p 28 3.2 Spatial Vision  

p 28-30 3.3 Strategic priorities  

p 30 Fig 12 “Key Diagram” [Map]  



p 31 SP 1.1.i Strategic Policy To “deliver at least 13,410 homes…”

Analysis of figures required

p 36 SP 2 Urban Core Mixed use including housing

p 37 SS 1 The Vaux (5.8ha) Mixed use, including minimum of 200new homes


p 38 SP 3 Washington Mixed use including housing

p 38 SS 2 Washington Housing Growth Area No numbers given

p 39 HGA 1 SW Springwell HGA1 i - Approx 60 new homes

HGA1 ii – “create a new defensible Green Belt boundary to the west and south of the site:”

p 39 HGA 2 East Springwell HGA2 i - Approx 60 new homes

HGA2 ii – “create a new defensible Green Belt boundary to the west and south of the site:”

p 40 HGA 3 North of High Usworth HGA3 i - Approx 45 new homes

HGA3 ii – “create a new defensible Green Belt boundary to the north of the site:”

p 40 HGA 4 North of High Usworth Hall HGA4 i - Approx 250 new homes

HGA4 ii – “create a new defensible Green Belt boundary to the west and south of the site:”

p 41 HGA 5 Fatfield HGA5i - Approx 30 new homes


p 41 HGA 6 Rickleton HGA6 i - Approx 2000 new homes


p 42 SS 3 “Safeguarded Land” “Land East of Washington and land south of East Springwell has been removed from the Green Belt and designated as Safeguarded Land.”


p 43 SP 4 North Sunderland Mixed use including housing

p 43 SS 4 North Sunderland Housing Growth Area No numbers given

p 44 HGA 7 North Hylton HGA7 i - Approx 110 new homes

HGA4 ii – “create a new defensible Green Belt boundary to the west, south and east of the site:”

p 44 HGA 8 Fulwell HGA8 i - Approx 80 new homes

HGA8 ii – “create a new defensible Green Belt boundary to the west and south of the site:”


p 45 SP 5 South Sunderland Mixed use including housing

p 45 SS 5 Port of Sunderland Economic uses, particular mention made of freight, business, port related uses, offshore renewables and automotive supply chains

p 46 SS 6 The Coalfield SS6 i - Approx 3,000 new homes, 10% affordable housing



p 48 SP 6 South Sunderland Mixed use including housing

p 48 SS 7 The Coalfield Housing Growth Area No numbers given

p 49 HGA 9 Penshaw HGA9 i - Approx 400 new homes

HGA4 ii – “create a new defensible Green Belt boundary to the north and east.”

p 49 HGA 10 New Herrington HGA10 i - Approx 20 new homes

HGA10 ii – “create a new defensible Green Belt boundary to the south of the site.”

p 50 HGA 11 Philadelphia HGA10 i - Approx 195 new homes

HGA10 ii – “create a new defensible Green Belt boundary to the east and south of the site.”






Chapter 6 HOMES

p 57 SP 8 Housing supply and delivery

Note the “…seek to exceed the minimum target of 745 additional dwellings per year.”

Note there is an “Allocations and Designations Plan” which has yet to be released/consulted upon.

 “The council will work with partners and landowners to seek to exceed the minimum target of 745 additional dwellings per year. The new homes to meet Sunderland’s need will be achieved by:

1. the development of sites identified in the SHLAA;

2. the development of sites allocated in the A&D Plan;

3. the development of sites (Strategic and Housing Growth Areas) allocated in this Plan;

4. the conversion and change of use of properties;

5. the development of windfall sites; and

6. the development of small sites.”

p 59 H 1 Housing mix  

p 60 H 2 Affordable homes  

p 61 H 3 Student accommodation  

p 61 H 4 Travelling showpeople, gypsies and travellers  

p 62 H 5 Existing homes and loss of homes  

p 63 H 6 Homes in multiple occupation (HMOs)  

p 63 H 7 Backland and tandem development  




p 65    












p 85 N 1 Green Infrastructure  

p 86 NE 2 Biodiversity  

p 88 NE 3 Woodlands/hedgerows and trees  

p 88 NE 4 Greenspace “The council will protect, conserve and enhance the quality, community value, function and accessibility of greenspace and wider green infrastructure, especially in areas of deficiency identified in the Council’s Greenspace Audit and Report by:

1. designating greenspaces in the A&D Plan;

2. requiring development to contribute towards the provision of new and/or enhanced greenspace where there is an evidenced requirement;

3. requiring all major residential development to provide:

i. a minimum of 0.9ha per 1000 bedspaces of amenity greenspace on site, unless

ii. a financial contribution for the maintenance/upgrading to neighbouring existing greenspace is considered to be more appropriate;

4. refusing development on greenspaces which would have an adverse effect on its amenity, recreational or nature conservation value unless it can be demonstrated that

i. the proposal is accompanied by an assessment that clearly demonstrates that the provision is surplus to requirements; or

ii. a replacement facility which is at least equivalent in terms of usefulness, attractiveness, quality and accessibility, and where of an appropriate quantity, to existing and future users is provided by the developer on another site agreed with the council prior to development commencing; or

iii. replacement on another site is neither practicable or possible an agreed contribution is made by the developer to the council for new provision or the improvement of existing greenspace or outdoor sport and recreation facilities and its maintenance within an appropriate distance from the site or within the site.

The impact of development on greenspace provision will need to be considered on a case-bycase basis in terms of its potential impact on Natura 2000 (N2K) sites.

p 90 NE 5 Burial space  


p 90 NE 6 Green Belt “The Green Belt (as designated on the Policies Map) in Sunderland will serve the following purposes:

i. check the unrestricted sprawl of the built up areas of the city;

ii. assist in safeguarding the city’s countryside from further encroachment;

iii. assist in the regeneration of the urban area of the city; iv. preserve the setting and special character of Springwell Village and Newbottle Village; and

v. prevent the merging of Sunderland with Tyneside, Washington, Houghton-leSpring and Seaham, and the merging of Shiney Row with Washington, Chester-leStreet and Bournmoor.

2. In assessing development proposals, development that is inappropriate in the Green Belt will not be approved except in very special circumstances.

3. Development in the Green Belt may be permitted where the proposals are consistent with the exception list in national policy subject to all other criteria being acceptable.

4. Proposals in the Green Belt for increased opportunities for access to the Open Countryside and which provide opportunities for beneficial use such as outdoor sport and recreation, appropriate to the Green Belt, will be encouraged where it will not harm the objectives of the Green Belt and recognise the important role of the Green Belt as a biodiversity resource.


p 91 NE 7 Settlement Breaks 1. Settlement Breaks (as designated on the Policies Map) will serve the following purposes:

i. prevent the merging of settlements;

ii. assist in the regeneration of the urban area of the city; and

iii. maintain the Green Infrastructure Network.

2. Within Settlement Breaks, planning permission will not be granted for any form of development, including changes of use, unless:

i. it can be demonstrated that the development is not contrary or detrimental to the above functions and aims; or

ii. it is essential for the proposed development to be located within the Settlement Breaks, and the benefits of which override the potential impact on the Settlement Break.


p 91 NE 8 Development in the open countryside “The Open Countryside (as designated on the Policies Map) will be protected and access enhanced. Limited development can help to sustain existing businesses, boost the rural economy and assist in rural diversification. The council will support:

1. development for agriculture, horticultural and forestry buildings; outdoor sport; outdoor recreation; cemeteries and rural business, provided that it can demonstrate that:

i. there is a clear need

ii. the scale, nature, design, materials and siting of the development is compatible with the existing development and in close proximity to it;

iii. it will not result in a scale of activity that has a detrimental impact on the surrounding area; and

iv. there are no existing on-site buildings suitable for the proposed use;

2. development for a new dwelling for agricultural, horticultural or forestry workers provided it can be demonstrated that there is a clear need;

3. housing development if rural exceptions in national policy can be met;

 4. an isolated single dwelling if it is of exceptional quality and incorporates innovative design features and reflects the highest standards in architecture and sustainability;

5. development that is required to ensure the conservation and, where appropriate, enhancement of assets of historical significance;

6. the replacement of a building, where the development would not have a significantly greater impact on the rural environment than the original building it is proposed to replace, provided the new building:

i. would be in the same use;

ii. is not materially larger than the one it replaces; and

iii. is sited on or close to the position of the existing building;

7. extensions or alteration of a building provided that:

i. it would not result in disproportionate additions over and above the size of the original building;

ii. it would not adversely affect the form and character of existing buildings and are designed to reflect and complement them; and

iii. with regards residential, the creation of a residential curtilage will not have a harmful impact on the character of the countryside;

8. limited infilling in villages or hamlets, subject to criteria 1ii and 1iii above being met; and

9. the redevelopment of previously developed land, provided that the site is not of high environmental value or landscape quality and will contribute to local housing needs or provide new jobs.


p 93 NE 9 Landscape character  


p 93 NE 10 Heritage coast  


p 94 NE 11 Creating and protecting views  


p 94 NE12 Agricultural land  




p 95 WWE 1 Decentralised, renewable and low carbon energy  

p 103 WWE 10 Energy from waste  




p 105    



Chapter 13 MINERALS

p 111    




p 117    



Appendix 1 SAVED UDP [Urban Development Plan] POLICIES

p 121    



p 125  [List of documents]  



p 127  [Map]  



p 128  [List of exemption criteria]  



p 129  [List of 24 points a restoration plan should include]  



p 130  [Table of policies matched against 11 criteria]  



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