Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

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Esther Larner ID-1640 10 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 A Balanced Strategy for Sustainable Growth in a Constrained District Policy 2 - Housing and Mixed Use Site Allocations

  • Comment ID: DLPP494
  • Status: Accepted
Policy 2 discusses Housing and Mixed Use however this again has been arbitrarily applied. Within the Draft Local plan HO129 is a Brownfield site that is not within a current settlement but is the redevelopment of an existing farm. Whilst I don't have any objection to this site being included, this site is within the ANOB and green belt and has only been included as it will be Brownfield and is any easy win for the Council. However, how does this follow when the requirement has to show transport
Esther Larner ID-1640 10 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 A Balanced Strategy for Sustainable Growth in a Constrained District Policy 2 - Housing and Mixed Use Site Allocations

  • Comment ID: DLPP493
  • Status: Accepted
Policy No 1 – Balanced Strategy for Growth The Draft Local Plan has been prepared with bias towards the larger developers, who have the resources to prepare sophisticated documents for the Call for Sites. The 'added value' suggested by the larger developers offers more of a 'tick box' approach to items which the council are likely to see as windfall items, but do not necessarily benefit or are needed within the local areas suggested. While we all appreciate the need for extra housing with the
Esther Larner ID-1640 10 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Market and Affordable Housing Mix Policy 8 - Market and affordable housing mix

  • Comment ID: DLPP497
  • Status: Accepted
Policy 8 – Affordable housing is an absolute requirement within small villages. Therefore offering more sites within village locations will ensure that opportunities for home ownership is available. The multigenerational nature of a village requires younger family members to have the opportunity to stay within the area they grew up in, and to continue to support older members of the family. Providing affordable units with shared ownership and points schemes seems to be the fairest way to maintai
Esther Larner ID-1640 10 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Housing Density Policy 12 - Housing density

  • Comment ID: DLPP499
  • Status: Accepted
Policy 12 – Housing Density – this must be based on an area by area basis and not a standard across the district. The proposal for 60DPH within urban settings may be sensible, but this would not work in rural locations, particularly those where some green belt development is being considered. Quality is better than Quantity. A sliding scale should be introduced.
Esther Larner ID-1640 10 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Protecting, Conserving and Enhancing Green Belt, Landscape and the Natural Environment Green Belt Policy 4 - Development in the Green Belt

  • Comment ID: DLPP495
  • Status: Accepted
Policy No 4 – Green belt The Draft Local Plan has been prepared with bias towards the larger developers to fill the required numbers to meet the Government targets. However, the larger developments will completely alter the nature of the green belt areas. What has not been considered is the smaller developments within the Green belt which would still provide the same numbers of units, but in a more discrete fashion, and would continue to maintain existing settlements. I take the example of MX
Esther Larner ID-1640 10 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Safeguarding places for Wildlife and Nature Blue Green Infrastructure and the Natural Environment Policy 6 - Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature

  • Comment ID: DLPP496
  • Status: Accepted
Policy 6 - Wildlife and nature highlights the need for sustainable drainage and this should be welcomed. The need to retain surface water within each development is crucial and can easily be achieved with careful consideration. Adjacent to HO 153 in School Lane there is an existing pond, this can easily be extended or developed to provide not only a run off for surface water, but a useful attraction for wildlife and nature, and a useful community benefit for local residents both young and old. T
Esther Larner ID-1640 10 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Supporting a Vibrant and Balanced Economy Economic Land and Development Policy 13 - Supporting a Vibrant and Balanced Economy

  • Comment ID: DLPP498
  • Status: Accepted
One element of mixed use that does not seem to have been promoted is the home/office approach, particularly within village locations. With more emphasis on home working, and faster internet speed requirements, developments which are within existing settlements offer the greater benefit with this regard. Whether business incubator units could be included, which then offer some shared office space for home workers, is something that should be explored.