Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Health and Wellbeing, Air Quality and Climate Change Flood Risk and Sustainable Drainage Policy 18 - Health and Wellbeing, Air Quality, Climate Change and Flooding [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP632
Respondent Sevenoaks & Swanley Liberal De… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 17 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted
Response Type OBSERVATIONS
Comment

Quality of Life
Most of Sevenoaks District has an outstanding quality of residential environment. This is
what has driven its growth and its character. Further growth must not undermine the quality
of our communities which make them special.
The impact of increasing, and speeding, traffic poses the biggest threat to quality of life for
families living in our towns and villages. The plan must make clear how noise, pollution,
congestion and danger which damages them will be dealt with.
It must show how:
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real action on Air Quality Management will develop as the plan is implemented
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speeding and noisy traffic in residential roads will be controlled
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safety for walkers, cyclists and rising numbers of mobility scooters will improve.
Concrete action to make walking and cycling safer requires a strategic approach. Simply
relying on Kent’s reactive policies, which kick in after death or serious injury, is
unnacceptable.
The plan needs clear proposals for walking and cycling, including safe
crossings for major roads like the A25, extension of 20 mph zones, new safe walking
and cycle links, and a timetable to make all of them happen

Within 5 years there will be many more school students in and close to Sevenoaks Town
during the day, as both primary and secondary schools continue major expansion. Most are
along the A25. They will have specific needs to get around safely, and to be educated in
unpolluted air.
Identifying their transport needs, and reducing the impact of traffic
pollution on their learning environment needs to be part of the plan.
Local education and health services will see significant additional demand, and investment
needs to be sustained and planned.
Sevenoaks must find ways of avoiding wasted
effort and opportunity of the type which occured at Dunton Green, when developers
agreed to fund a heath centre, but the NHS refused to run it.

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