Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Protecting, Conserving and Enhancing Green Belt, Landscape and the Natural Environment Green Belt Policy 4 - Development in the Green Belt [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP641
Respondent Jenny Knowles ID-2500 [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 18 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council welcomes the decision by Sevenoaks District Council to consider the release of land from the Green Belt in order to try and help meet the identified need. However it is not clear exactly which sites are under consideration or how their potential yield has been calculated. The table on pages 25-30 suggests 12 sites are under consideration for release from the Green Belt, however the table on page 33 only lists 9 potential sites. It is also unclear how the potential yield for each of these sites has been calculated as the number of units proposed does not appear to be consistent with the approach to housing density as set out in Policy 12.

Para. 1.14 states

“To re-iterate, the inclusion of these sites in this consultation does not guarantee their inclusion in the final draft Local Plan. We are still assessing whether the infrastructure proposed meets a genuine evidenced need and whether the exceptional circumstances proposed are sufficient to warrant a Green Belt amendment, and this work will be informed by the stakeholder and community consultation.”


The uncertainty as to whether all or any of these potential sites (or part of them) are to be carried forward in the Local Plan calls in to question their ability to contribute to the supply of housing at this stage. The table of page 33 suggests that these sites could yield 6,800 units over the plan period, and this full figure has been included in the calculations to demonstrate that Sevenoaks District Council is close to meeting the identified need, when this may not be the case following this consultation period. We believe these sites should only be included when there is certainty over their deliverability.