Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

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P Mayer ID-4862 09 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP452
  • Status: Accepted
I agree that if we have to build on green belt land then it is paramount that the best use of the land is made. Ingress Abbey estate in Greenhithe proves that high density housing can be built in a humanistic way. However we are all aware when high density housing goes wrong – too narrow roads, filled up with on-street parking. I hope the council will look at density in a holistic way and not in just a crude houses per hectare measure. To take the case of Downs Valley, Hartley where development
P Mayer ID-4862 09 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: DLPP445
  • Status: Accepted
Support. In particular the proposals about permeable surfaces, which is going to be a lot more important in future to prevent surface run-off overloading the drains, and to ensure more rain gets to be groundwater.
P Mayer ID-4862 09 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: DLPP453
  • Status: Accepted
In principle I agree with the policy. I feel that in the past there has been too little interest locally in the continued use of land for employment uses. However I would add one more option to the 4 alternative uses for commercial land. As a new alternative 3 or 4, I would add "Live/Work units" (see Planning Resource website [https://www.planningresource.co.uk/article/1209099/live-work-units-q---dcp-section-105] for more details). I note that the Corinthian exception circumstances site at Hart
P Mayer ID-4862 09 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP446
  • Status: Accepted
Support idea of cycle routes. Hazardous for cyclists on main roads, and their presence also slows traffic. Support increased provision of charging points for electric vehicles. Regarding infrastructure delivery, while I appreciate that any proposed sites must be deliverable and not priced out by infrastructure costs (para 4.21), I think it is important to appreciate that developers will not have paid as much for green belt land. Much of it would have been acquired at agricultural land prices.
P Mayer ID-4862 09 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP454
  • Status: Accepted
I support the promotion of Hartley to a Local Service Centre in paragraph 6.15. Given its size and the relatively good mix of businesses, I think the greater protection of the higher designation is essential. I support the inclusion of The Parade, Ash Road as a new neighbourhood centre, I would just like the policy to make clear it includes the two units with a Church Road address too as is indicated on the map. Obviously if the Hartley/Milestone Schools were to move to the Corinthian site, th
P Mayer ID-4862 09 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP455
  • Status: Accepted
I strongly support this policy. I welcome the recent trend to respect Kentish vernacular styles such as at Milkwood, Gresham Avenue, Hartley or Station Road, Betsham, or the strikingly modern homage to the oast house at Fairby Grange Cottages, Ash Road, Hartley. I hope the policy can help this continue. I am glad to see the emphasis on permeable surfaces within a development. However I think the importance of low carbon design referred to paragraph 7.4 is not reflected enough in policy 15 apart
P Mayer ID-4862 09 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: DLPP448
  • Status: Accepted
I strongly support the emphasis on smaller houses. However I don't think that Policy 8 fully reflects paragraph 5.6.
P Mayer ID-4862 09 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Ensuring new development respects local distinctiveness Historic Environment Policy 16 - Historic Environment

  • Comment ID: DLPP456
  • Status: Accepted
Support
P Mayer ID-4862 09 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Ensuring new development respects local distinctiveness Heritage Assets Policy 17 - Heritage Assets

  • Comment ID: DLPP457
  • Status: Accepted
The policy is fine as it is, but experience suggests the council is unwilling to enforce it. Woodins in Church Road, Hartley is now totally hemmed in by modern housing, for example. I think the local list referred to in section 7.33 ought to include other features and not just buildings which have heritage value, for example gates and railings, dovecotes, vintage advertising signs etc.
P Mayer ID-4862 09 Sep 2018

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

  • Comment ID: DLPP450
  • Status: Accepted
In itself, the target of 40% affordable housing is a desirable one, but the crucial factor is getting developers to build to those levels. Wrongly in my view, viability assessments are kept away from public scrutiny, but does the council employ an economist who can properly scrutinise their claims? It is well known that everywhere the real number of affordable homes being built is much less than the targets set. But if the council is to allow building on green belt land, then the public interes
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