Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Housing Density Policy 12 - Housing density [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP604
Respondent Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Mi… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

The distinctive settlement character of the villages within the Kent Downs makes an important contribution
to the overall character of the AONB with the form, layout and pattern of villages being key elements of
settlement character. Development proposals within AONBs need to conserve and enhance this distinctive
settlement character and respond to the character of the built environment, as set out in the Kent Downs
AONB Management Plan policies SD2 and SD9. This includes responding to historic village layouts, building
to plot/green space ratios and being of a density that allows for well-designed landscaping schemes that
retain important trees and include new structural planting that contributes to the character and amenity of
the area. Gradual erosion of local distinctiveness, character and visual harmony has occurred in some parts
of settlements within the Kent Downs, with little respect for historic settlement pattern. It is important
that this is not taken to set the character or provide a reference point for densities for new development;
the design of new development including densities must contribute to fully conserving and enhancing
settlement character and therefore support the AONBs primary purpose. As such, higher densities as
proposed under Policy 12, are unlikely to be appropriate on most sites within the Kent Downs AONB.