Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Comment ID DLPP512
Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Housing Density Policy 12 - Housing density [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Badgers Mount Parish Council (… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Sep 2018

The policy aims for a high average density.  The capacity of all sites in Badgers Mount and Halstead are calculated at 40 DPH.  The last paragraph of the policy states:  For all other proposals for housing development the density of the development should be at least equivalent to that in the surrounding area, with no unacceptable impact on local character.  The overall density of the built up area of Badgers Mount is about 8 DPH, and the highest density of recent developments (4 houses in Old London Road, but only within the site boundary, excluding the area of the road in front) is 27 DPH.  Badgers Rise and Crest Close are 25 and 22 DPH respectively.  The density of the more recent redevelopment of 4 houses replacing 2 in Highland Road just north of the Memorial Hall is 17 DPH.  Badgers Mount and the nearby villages are rural areas, not town centre or urban areas where higher densities are common.  Therefore we believe that 40 DPH for the sites proposed in this area is too high, and contrary to this policy, and should be reduced to an absolute maximum of 20 DPH to respect this policy and protect the character of the local area.