Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Comment ID DLPP546
Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Housing in Rural Areas Policy 10 - Housing in rural areas [View all comments on this section]
Respondent CPRE Sevenoaks District Commit… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Sep 2018

Policy 9 – Provision of affordable housing


CPRE supports the use of ‘exception sites’ for local needs affordable housing. In the Issues and Options consultation we suggested cross-subsidy as a way to bring forward sites being held back by landowners with long-term market housing ambitions.

There are obvious dangers of attempts to exploit otherwise inviolable Green Belt land, therefore setting clear limits instead of ‘some’ (5.31) or ‘an element of’ (Policy 10) market housing will be essential.

There is some inconsistency between ‘Market housing for sale could go towards…’ (5.31) and the stronger ‘market housing will be required to meet identified needs …’ in Policy 10. Also, it is not clear how market homes for sale can be ‘held in perpetuity to meet identified housing needs’. In the general interest we would prefer long-term arrangements to be with a housing association provided the tenure in perpetuity could be guaranteed.