Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Comment ID DLPP528
Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 A Balanced Strategy for Sustainable Growth in a Constrained District Finding Places for New Homes View all on this section
Respondent CPRE Sevenoaks District Commit… View all by this respondent
Response Date 10 Sep 2018

In general CPRE Kent supports a development strategy which meets the following criteria:

  1. It prioritises the redevelopment of appropriate, sustainably located previously developed land. It does not support development on locally defined brownfield land in unsustainable locations.
  2. It does not lead to the loss of best and most versatile agricultural land, Green Belt, AONBs and other designations.
  3. It focuses growth at existing settlements and maximises supply through increased densities at sustainable locations.
  4. It recognises the acute need for rural affordable housing.

We give particular weight to protecting the countryside, and therefore the policies which serve that purpose have for us an overriding importance in the Draft Local Plan (DLP). However, they may also represent ‘constraint’ from the development point of view, which means that some DLP proposals, for housing development in particular, conflict with the need to protect the Green Belt and designated landscape.