Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Executive Summary 8. Clean air, healthy living and preparing for a changing climate [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP447
Respondent Sevenoaks & Swanley Liberal De… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 09 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted
Comment

Quality of Life

Most of Sevenoaks District has an outstanding quality of residential environment. This is what has driven its growth and its character. Further growth must not undermine the quality of our communities which make them special.

The impact of increasing, and speeding, traffic poses the biggest threat to quality of life for families living in our towns and villages. The plan must make clear how noise, pollution, congestion and danger which damages them will be dealt with. It must show how:
real action on Air Quality Management will develop as the plan is implemented
speeding and noisy traffic in residential roads will be controlled
safety for walkers, cyclists and rising numbers of mobility scooters will improve.

Concrete action to make walking and cycling safer requires a strategic approach. Simply relying on Kent’s reactive policies, which kick in after death or serious injury, is unnacceptable. The plan needs clear proposals for walking and cycling, including safe crossings for major roads like the A25, extension of 20 mph zones, new safe walking and cycle links, and a timetable to make all of them happen.

Education and health

Within 5 years there will be many more school students in and close to Sevenoaks Town during the day, as both primary and secondary schools continue major expansion. Most are along the A25. They will have specific needs to get around safely, and to be educated in unpolluted air. Identifying their transport needs, and reducing the impact of traffic pollution on their learning environment needs to be part of the plan.

Local education and health services will see significant additional demand, and investment needs to be sustained and planned. Sevenoaks must find ways of avoiding wasted effort and opportunity of the type which occured at Dunton Green, when developers agreed to fund a heath centre, but the NHS refused to run it.


Recreation and Green Spaces

The policies proposed on leisure and recreation do not explicitly mention allotments, although these are an important focus for exercise and for community activity. The open spaces associated with the policies do include allotments. Allotments must receive the same degree of protection in the local plan as other recreation space, in addition to their statutory protection.

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