Proposed Submission Version of the Local Plan

Sevenoaks District Local Plan Proposed Submission Version Regulation 19 Consultation (including Appendices 1-4)

Foreword from Cllr Piper, Portfolio Holder for Planning

The publication of this Regulation 19 Proposed Submission Version of the Local Plan is significant for many reasons. The sites and policies contained within the document take account of the latest evidence and also the extensive number of comments received in response to the first draft Local Plan, which was issued for consultation in summer 2018. Over 8,500 responses were received from 6,000 individuals and organisations.

This is the final opportunity to make comments before the Local Plan is submitted to the Government for examination.

The Regulation 19 consultation focuses specifically on the tests of ‘soundness’ set out in the Government planning guidance. These tests will form the basis of the inspector’s assessment when the plan reaches examination and further guidelines on how to make comments are set out on the Council's website.

Whilst the focus of this second consultation process may have changed slightly, the issues and priorities in Sevenoaks remain the same: The Plan contains policies and allocations to meet housing needs as far as possible, maintain the vast majority of Green Belt in the district, strengthen local employment and protect our valued natural environment.

An up to date Local Plan is essential if these priorities are to be delivered. I am proud to endorse this Regulation 19 version of the Local Plan and very much hope that you will choose to participate in this consultation.