Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Executive Summary 5. Homes to suit all incomes [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP442
Respondent Sevenoaks & Swanley Liberal De… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 09 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

Sevenoaks Liberal Democrats

Housing Choice

The shortage of affordable homes in Sevenoaks for people who work here is acute. It is a key reason for traffic congestion and poor air quality as so many people have to drive in from elsewhere to work The key shortage is social rented housing, which should have a higher share of the allocation; this should be done by tightening ‘viability exemptions’ which allow developers to escape requirements to contribute to affordable homes.

The plan refers to the problems in keeping smaller houses available, because of the frequency with which existing homes are extended. Diversity of types and sizes of homes should be explicitly encouraged through imaginative conversion of existing buildings, and encouragement of self build homes.