Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

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Natural England (Natural Engla… 19 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: DLPP770
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 4 Development in the Green Belt This policy provides clear guidance on development which would and would not be permitted within the green belt. As the Green Belt and AONB designations largely overlap, the policy should also include clear cross-reference to Policy 3 (Landscape and AONB). With reference to Policy 6 (Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature), opportunities should be sought to enhance land within the green belt, including improvements in the delivery of ecosystem servic
Natural England (Natural Engla… 19 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Leisure and Open Space Open Space, Sport and Leisure Policy 19 - Open Space, Sport and Leisure

  • Comment ID: DLPP778
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Appendix 8 Proposed Open Space Designations for Consultation It is unclear what this document aims to show. It would be beneficial to provide additional clarity on the evidence base used for the mapping, and what the proposals are for the mapped areas. Including other designations (such as protected sites) may provide a more complete picture for the district. This section of the plan appears to present an opportunity to visually demonstrate large, strategic scale plans, and how these integrate
Natural England (Natural Engla… 19 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Safeguarding places for Wildlife and Nature Ashdown Forest Policy 5 - Ashdown Forest

  • Comment ID: DLPP771
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 5 Ashdown Forest Natural England has no specific comments to raise with this policy. To be clear on the decision making process, you may wish to consider stating that any proposals considered likely to have a significant adverse effect on the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area (SPA) will not normally be permitted.
Natural England (Natural Engla… 19 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: DLPP779
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Green Infrastructure (GI) We note that this local Plan does not include a stand-alone GI policy. We would encourage the local plan to include a clear and robust policy on green and blue infrastructure, which aims to establish, restore, enhance and maintain coherent ecological networks. The local plan should identify and promote GI, seeking opportunities to create, maintain and enhance resilient and coherent ecological networks across the district, including the protection and recovery of priori
Natural England (Natural Engla… 19 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: DLPP772
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 6 Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature Natural England considers this policy to be a significant part of the local plan. An important point is that the plan needs to specifically and clearly aim for measurable net gains for nature. Currently, the policy aims for no net loss, which does not align with the current NPPF (2018). We refer to sections 170 (d), 174 (b) and 175 (d) of the NPPF, which require planning policies to provide measurable net gains for biodiversity. Furthermore,
Natural England (Natural Engla… 19 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Safeguarding places for Wildlife and Nature Ashdown Forest Policy 5 - Ashdown Forest

  • Comment ID: DLPP780
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Natural England concurs with the conclusions drawn in the HRA, which state that no adverse effect on integrity of Ashdown Forest is expected to result from development provided by the Sevenoaks Local Plan, even in combination with other plans and projects. However, we note that the wording of the HRA appears to confuse the terms 'likely significant effect' and 'adverse effect on integrity'. The conclusions refer to likely significant effects, although adver
Natural England (Natural Engla… 19 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP773
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 7 Transport and Infrastructure Transport infrastructure (particularly new transport routes such as roads and cycle routes) can provide for wildlife and present valuable Green Infrastructure (GI) opportunities. For example, highway verges and embankments (e.g. alongside railway lines) can be important habitats in their own right, but also provide valuable connecting habitat, contributing to the overall coherence of the ecological network. We would expect this policy to acknowledge such ben
Natural England (Natural Engla… 19 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP774
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 15 Design Principles The policy provides a clear framework for decision making, with generally good support for other policies. Clear reference should be made to Policy 6 (Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature). References to GI provision are welcomed, although we would encourage requirements for GI to be more explicit. For example, the policy should seek to ensure provision of new green infrastructure and biodiversity net gain, with links to the existing green infrastructure netwo
Natural England (Natural Engla… 19 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: DLPP775
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 18 Health and Wellbeing, Air Quality, Climate Change and Flooding We welcome the clear framework on the type of proposals likely to be supported (and vice versa). Clear guidance is provided on the supporting information required, and how proposals will be judged with regards to health and wellbeing, air quality, climate change and flooding. High quality, sustainable design incorporating appropriate landscaping such as tree screening, strategic tree planting and green roofs can assist wi
Natural England (Natural Engla… 19 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: DLPP768
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Policy 2 Housing and Mixed Use Site Allocations Comments on individual allocations where development is more likely to impact on the natural environment are contained within Appendix 1. This includes advice on potential impacts, what to include in the policies, and what to consider, should the allocation be taken forward. Please note that where we have not objected to, or otherwise commented on, a policy or proposal, it should not be assumed that it would not have an adverse effect on landscape
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