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 DLPP575
Respondent Mike Gilbert ID-3777 [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted


  1. NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (DGS CCG) does not support the principle of building on green belt land and does not support specifically the ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ developments within the DGS CCG area (North part of the Sevenoaks District Council area). The CCG has serious concerns regarding the significant increase in the proposed number of houses and the impact this will have on existing and future health and care services, which are already stretched beyond capacity in most areas. There is an on-going shortage of GP’s across the whole CCG and considerable staff shortages in other clinical areas, particularly community services. GP practice infrastructure in many areas is also sub-standard and/or not suitable for expansion. Any material increase in housing, such as that proposed, would therefore require considerable expenditure in staffing costs and new build. The CCG does not have routine access to capital funding for infrastructure and revenue funding to pay for staffing, services and leases is not keeping up with current growth, let alone new growth.
  2. Specifically:
    1. the CCG does not support the proposed housing developments in the following areas: 
  • Farningham / Eynsford / Crockenhill
  • Swanley
  • Horton Kirby and South Darenth
  • Fawkham / Hartley and Ash-cum-Ridley
    1. Following consultation with GP practices that will be impacted by these developments, Devon Road Surgery have indicated they do believe that they could cope with the two smaller developments at the Oakview Stud Farm and the Holmesdale works.  On their own, and without other developments, these are small-scale developments that would not be beyond their ability to absorb. 
    2. The housing developments at Hextable and West Kingsdown are not opposed by the CCG. However, it should be noted that the GP practices will need to recruit additional GP resource and Hextable would require expansion capacity via CIL capital funding.
  1. The CCG does not support the proposal/statement that CIL funding should only be used as a contribution to increased infrastructure. The CCG does not have access to other infrastructure funding, other than through national funding which is exceptional in terms of availability. Therefore, if the public consultation and Council determine support for these proposed housing developments, the CCG would only be able to support delivery of associated increases to healthcare services if sufficient CIL funding is provided to deliver the additional capacity required in these areas.