The Parish Council formulated a response based on the opinions expressed at the meeting and the open planning meeting that followed it.
Langham PC response
- We are concerned about the change to full residential use of the houses and the loss of employment that this will incur. The original plans included the bookings and servicing of the holiday homes as an employment opportunity.
- There was only minority support for more affordable homes in Langham. The design, location and letting policy will have to be better defined in order to pursue this.
- We also have significant concerns about the suggestion (in the Affordable Housing Statement) of a scheme to build workers’ accommodation off-site and particularly in the area proposed. This would place a substantial block of housing for a group working unsocial hours within existing and proposed housing. The corresponding disturbance to residents living in the housing round the hotel staff houses and along the route between there and the hotel would change our village environment permanently.
- If the scheme’s viability is dependent on the provision of worker’s accommodation this must be on the hotel site where it is under managerial control.
- The application as submitted with its approved new homes on site, the suggested new affordable homes and suggested workers accommodation would increase the housing stock in Langham by over 20% and this is surely too much to maintain the village environment.
NNDC Planning Meeting
Our District Councillor, Peter Terrington, promised he would take up the issue of the worker’s accommodation with the Planning Officer.
In the meantime we have been looking at the NNDC Core Strategy and in particular Policy HO3 that restricts the siting of a proposed new development next to an existing one.
So we have alerted planning at NNDC to our concerns and will continue to press for the views of Langham parishioners and the Parish Council to be heard.