Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Housing Density Policy 12 - Housing density [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP18
Respondent Swanley Neighbourhood Plan Ste… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 21 Jul 2018
Current Status Accepted

Housing Density States 60 DPH has recently been achieved across the District. I cannot speak for other areas but in Swanley the current large scale development at Downs View (United House), the declared density is 50DPH. I note in the preamble that the new Local Plan “takes a flexible approach to density”. This could lead to all sorts of problems with developers arguing as to why their proposal should         be at a lower density when another development has been allowed a higher density. Surely it would be better to have a range of densities for different proposals i.e. bungalows, houses and flats that are relevant to our rural towns. A typical example is site ref H2c which is listed at 96 DPH and H1g at 217 DPH - a ridiculously high figure for our rural town centres - more in keeping with a London City development. It is suggesting that a decision can be made on how many dwellings would be preferable for profit on a site, and adjusting the DPH to suit. That cannot be good planning policy. I can understand the temptation to increase densities but what legacy are we going to leave behind for future generations, when the housing shortage is solved and, these densely packed small homes being built are unsaleable.