Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

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John B Pike FRICS Chartered Su… 08 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Housing in Rural Areas Policy 10 - Housing in rural areas

  • Comment ID: DLPP418
  • Status: Accepted
The plan should identify specific locations in the Green Belt immediately adjacent to existing towns,villages and settlements where local need housing could be provided if such need is properly identified in an up to date housing rural housing needs survey. In the past the vague nature of the policy has led to such schemes failing as a result of Judicial Review.
John B Pike FRICS Chartered Su… 08 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: DLPP419
  • Status: Accepted
No evidence has been provided to state why employment sites changing to residential should be marketed for 'at least one year' The adopted ADMP requires marketing for at least 6 months and I can see no reason why a longer marketing period is necessary - if a tenant or buyer can't be found within 6 months they are most unlikely to be found within 12 months. The extension proposed will also delay potential housing delivery where a pace change is required to meet both need and demand. I would the
John B Pike FRICS Chartered Su… 08 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Ensuring new development respects local distinctiveness Outdoor Lighting Policy 15 - Design Principles

  • Comment ID: DLPP420
  • Status: Accepted
Whilst I support high quality design I'm not convinced that Design Review Panels are successful. In particular small sites of 10 units or less should be exempt from the Design Review Panel process. Development control officers should have sufficient planning skills to ensure that small schemes are well designed. A much greater emphasis should be placed on delivering a very high standard of soft landscaping on all new development of any size including extensions. Good landscaping can provide a
John B Pike FRICS Chartered Su… 08 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: DLPP416
  • Status: Accepted
I have objections to a number of the allocations listed and will register these via your interactive map. There seems to be an inconsistent approach to site selection with many of the proposed allocations conflicting with policy elsewhere in the plan and also conflicting with National Policy as laid down in July 2018 NPPF to which the plan should comply. It is not intended to be deposited under Regulation 19 before the 24 January 2019 and thus in accordance with para 214 it must be based on th
John B Pike FRICS Chartered Su… 08 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: DLPP417
  • Status: Accepted
Policy 8 Reference is made of exploring an alternative approach which would introduce a lower affordable housing target and details should be provided so that this forms part of the local plan consultation process. It would be wrong to introduce as matter policy fixed rules on the mix of both house sizes and tenure mix. In such a large diverse district of varying character the mix required will vary according to both location and existing provision. Regard must also be had to the prevailing
John B Pike FRICS Chartered Su… 05 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 A Balanced Strategy for Sustainable Growth in a Constrained District Policy 1 - A Balanced Strategy For Growth in a Constrained District

  • Comment ID: DLPP308
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
I do not believe that the council's definition of 'exceptional circumstances' is a satisfactory basis to pursue Regulation 18. It has little regard to the individual planning merits of sites put forward but prefers to rely on what 'goodies' the developer will put forward to secure an allocation. This is not transparent and is bad planning policy likely to lead to the plan being declared unsound by Planning Inspectorate. It conflicts with the policy to only allow Green Belt release in the most su
John B Pike FRICS Chartered Su… 05 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP309
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
An average of 60 DPH across the district seems incredibly high and evidence should be provided to break down this claim into flatted and conventional housing developments. It is my view that a reliance on high density flatted development in the recent past has skewed the figure. The policy proposed is both confusing and flawed in that it proposes higher densities than those typically found in surrounding areas but goes on to say that the density should be at least equivalent to that in the surr
John B Pike FRICS Chartered Su… 05 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Provision of Affordable Housing Policy 9 - Provision of affordable housing

  • Comment ID: DLPP310
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 9 is flawed and must be rewritten as it does not comply with the NPPF. It is no longer possible for the council to seek affordable housing on small developments of up to 10 units (other than in designated rural areas where policies may set a lower threshold of 5 units or fewer) Until the publication of the July 2018 NPPF this was guidance - although guidance that was adopted by the council in the determination of planning applications. However para 63 of the NPPF now translates this fo