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 DLPP500
Respondent Badgers Mount Parish Council (… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

We support SDC policy that building on undeveloped land in the Green Belt must only be considered as a last resort after all other options (brownfield and non Green Belt sites) have been exhausted.  Change of use from employment to residential should only occur where a site is shown to be no longer viable for employment.  The Government has said that 13,960 new homes are needed. Is this figure based on local need? Your own figure (page 11) says that the population is expected to grow by 20,000 (ONS) over the plan period. As the average household is about 2.5 members, this would only require 8,000 houses, not 13,960 which could accommodate about 35,000 people.