Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

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Seal Parish Council (Tim Marti… 06 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: DLPP903
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
1 A Balanced Strategy for Sustainable Growth in a Constrained District The housing provision for Sevenoaks should be less than the 'objectively assessed need' for two reasons. First, the high proportion of the District covered by the Green Belt and AONB provides a sound reason to limit the scale of development to a sustainable level. Secondly, the draft plan states that it is not practical to provide the proportion of affordable dwellings that the technical work concludes is required to meet lo
Seal Parish Council (Tim Marti… 06 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Protecting, Conserving and Enhancing Green Belt, Landscape and the Natural Environment Landscape and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Policy 3 - Landscape and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • Comment ID: DLPP904
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 3 - Landscape and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty The first sentence of approved 'Policy EN5 – Landscape' recognises the priority given to the protection of AONB's and should be retained at the beginning of Policy 3, as follows: "The Kent Downs and High Weald Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and their settings will be given the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty". Draft Policy 3 states that 'Consideration must be given to the: Scale and form
Seal Parish Council (Tim Marti… 06 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: DLPP912
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
6 - Supporting a vibrant and balanced economy Employment land guidelines The guidelines in paragraph 6.4 are very precise for each Business Use Class (to 0.1 of a hectare). The requirements of employers and the property market cannot be anticipated with such precession. Also, no provision is made for the many activities that support business uses and have the same location requirements; for example the maintenance and hire of equipment, and accommodation for fitters and fabricators. Flexibilit
Seal Parish Council (Tim Marti… 06 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: DLPP905
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
New Policy for the Green Belt A policy is necessary to maintain the Green Belt, and to remove all or part of any sites within the Green Belt which are allocated for development. This should reflect the first sentences of approved Policies LO8 and GB10 and state the revisions to the boundary required by such allocations, as follows: "The Green Belt boundary will be maintained with the exception of land excluded from the Green Belt to enable its comprehensive development in accordance with Polic
Seal Parish Council (Tim Marti… 06 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: DLPP906
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
3 - Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature A new paragraph is needed at page 50 after 3.10 as follows: "The Council is the lead partner in the 'Sevenoaks Greensand Commons' project which has been awarded a significant grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve, improve and promote the Commons that fall under the Council's management. The Commons cover over 300ha from Hosey Common in the west to Seal Chart in the east. They are connected to the long distance Greensand Way and to the
Seal Parish Council (Tim Marti… 06 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Supporting a Vibrant and Balanced Economy Visitor Economy Policy 14 - Town and Local Centres

  • Comment ID: DLPP914
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Retail Guidelines The guidelines are for an additional 10,400sqm convenience and 21,700sqm comparison floorspace (para. 6.16). The Plan should explain what this means for development; for example a large out of centre food store or DIY store would be approximately 5,000sqm. Proposed Retail centre allocations para. 6.17 Otford Road Retail Areas (North and South) and the Polhill Garden Centre Seal Parish Council objects to the allocation of the Otford Road Retail Areas (North and South) and th
Seal Parish Council (Tim Marti… 06 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Ensuring Well-Connected Communities are Supported by Appropriate Infrastructure Viability Policy 7 - Transport & Infrastructure

  • Comment ID: DLPP907
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
4 - Ensuring well-connected communities are supported by appropriate infrastructure The definition of 'Infrastructure' at page 53 should include: "Local energy generation, storage and transmission, particularly low carbon technologies that help reduce carbon emissions" Policy 7 - Transport & Infrastructure The text (para's 4.13-4.16) and Policy 7 do not identify the critical transport problems of Sevenoaks and the cumulative impact of the development options for consultation. Traffic is the
Seal Parish Council (Tim Marti… 06 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP915
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
7 - Ensuring new development respects local distinctiveness Policy 15 - Design Principles To avoid duplication and excessive length, the table in Policy 15 should be replaced by a list of criteria that the Council will apply. Approved Policies EN1 and EN2 are preferred. The last section of Policy 15 concerns Outdoor Lighting and says 'Proposals for lighting that affect the outdoor environment which meet the following criteria will be permitted.' However, external lighting is often not shown o
Seal Parish Council (Tim Marti… 06 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: DLPP908
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Amended Policy 8 - Market and affordable housing mix, and design standards Policy 8 should confirm that new housing development designed for older people in Use Classes C1 or C2, will be subject to planning conditions to ensure they do not provide 'independent living', but meet the criteria for these uses and are thus not liable to pay the CIL. The following should be added to the 3rd paragraph of Policy 8: "New accommodation for elderly people in Use Class C1 or C2 will be subject to planning
Seal Parish Council (Tim Marti… 06 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP909
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 9 - Provision of affordable housing Policy 9 is welcome, as it requires financial contributions towards affordable dwellings from the developers of small sites. To sustain this policy the Council must provide strong evidence that prices are exceptionally high compared with earnings in the areas to which the policy applies, and that more affordable dwellings are needed. Policy 9 should state how the Council will use the financial contributions to secure affordable dwelling provision; for
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