Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Executive Summary 1. Finding Places for New Homes [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP359
Respondent David Burchett ID-1227 [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 06 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

I object to the amount of proposed building in the Halstead, Knockholt and Polhil area. A large part of this is green belt and the number of homes being proposed is excessive and will be damaging to the area. I understand there is housing pressure everywhere but it is the massive numbers that are being proposed that I object to.

The proposed development of the site that was Broke Hill golf course, is first class green belt with public paths crossing it. Whilst the plan is professionally prepared it misses or massively understates some problem areas. The local road system barely copes currently and with the realistic number of probable cars if up to 900 houses are built it will create a lot of over busy dangerous junctions.  There are no senior schools in the area. The nearest large hospital is  Princess Royal University, this in the Bromley borough not Sevenoaks. This hospital is already struggling, we have been to A&E, and it is totally unrealistic to suggest people would go to Pembury Hospital.  Another false lead in the report relates to the trains to London, it states people can catch a fast train to London by going down line to Sevenoaks and then catching a fast back to London - whilst this is theoretically true it doesn’t happen in practice. People catch the slow to Chelsfield and then change to the fast. These trains are already packed to an almost dangerous state during commuter hours. Knockholt is the last station for Oyster cards which contributes to the above.

This has taken away a well used facility in the area and the proposal plunders the green belt. These proposals are all on the very edge of Sevenoaks and therefore have a massive impact on adjoining boroughs. I strongly object to proposals and the impact they will have and as a council tax payer in Bromley I object to the inevitable increased costs to Bromley borough.