Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

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Jon Kirby ID-2728 26 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: DLPP982
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Approximately 93% of Sevenoaks District is allocated as Green Belt land, and 60% designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), making it a highly constrained District. Whilst the Council is committed to protecting the existing Green Belt, it is inevitable that the Council will need to release some Green Belt land for residential use, to help meet future housing requirements. 3.2 Whilst SKE support the need to protect sensitive Green Belt land, they express serious concern regar
Jon Kirby ID-2728 26 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: DLPP989
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Approximately 60% of Sevenoaks District is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Whilst the Council is committed to protecting this designation, any development proposed within an AONB will need to protect and enhance the landscape. Whilst SKE support the need to protect land within the AONB, they express serious concerns regarding the Council's selection process of housing sites within the AONB. 5.2 Paragraph 5 of the Planning Practice Guidance document 'Natural Envir
Jon Kirby ID-2728 26 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP993
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 9 seeks the provision of up to 40% affordable housing on sites of 15 dwellings or more. Affordable housing is defined as social rented, affordable rented, intermediate tenure and starter homes, all of which should be available at costs that are affordable to households whose needs are not met in the open market. 8.2 The level of affordable housing is justified on the basis that affordability is a key issue in the District, with house prices 13 times annual earnings, compared to 6.5 times
Jon Kirby ID-2728 26 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Health and Wellbeing, Air Quality and Climate Change Flood Risk and Sustainable Drainage Policy 18 - Health and Wellbeing, Air Quality, Climate Change and Flooding

  • Comment ID: DLPP997
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 18 states "residential development must avoid, and non-residential development should avoid, areas at risk of flooding and no development should take place in Flood Zones 2 and 3 without agreement from the Environment Agency." 11.2 This is supported by policies set out in the NPPF. Paragraph 157 states: "All plans should apply a sequential, risk-based approach to the location of development – taking into account the current and future impacts of climate change – so as to avoid, where
Jon Kirby ID-2728 26 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: DLPP990
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
As previously discussed, Paragraph 145 of the NPPF states that a local planning authority should regard the construction of new buildings as inappropriate in the Green Belt with exceptions to this including limited infilling or the partial or complete redevelopment of previously developed land whether redundant or in continuing use (excluding temporary buildings), which would: Not have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the existing development; or Not cause substan
Jon Kirby ID-2728 26 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP994
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 12 states that: "All new housing development will be expected to make the most efficient use of land. In the recent past development has been delivered at an average density of approximately 60 DPH across the District. New development will be expected to be delivered at higher densities, on average." 9.2 As discussed, Sevenoaks is a highly constrained District and SKE therefore appreciates that available land will need to be used in the most efficient way to ensure that SDC are able t
Jon Kirby ID-2728 26 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: DLPP986
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 2: Housing and Mixed Use Site Allocations 4.1 SKE have expressed concerns regarding the principles of the Council's site categorisation process, and contend that a significant amount of high-performance Green Belt land will be lost. 4.2 Notwithstanding this, there are additional major constraints identified on a number of sites proposed for allocation within the Council's Draft Local Plan. SKE contend that these constraints may prevent these sites from delivering their proposed quantum
Jon Kirby ID-2728 26 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: DLPP991
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
SKE acknowledge that the provision of new homes should contribute to meeting the needs of current and projected households. The District has a high proportion of large homes, however, given the District's ageing population, the Council recognise that the ability to retain young people is vital in order to provide a more balanced demographic. The Council therefore wish to sift towards a requirement for smaller dwellings, to increase the proportion of lower cost housing available in the District.