Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Supporting a Vibrant and Balanced Economy Visitor Economy Policy 14 - Town and Local Centres [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP715
Respondent Badgers Mount Residents Associ… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 18 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

In section 6.24 of the Plan you state that you seek to retain local services and facilities
in "appropriate" locations to maintain the sustainability of our towns, villages and
neighbourhood centres. You do not specify what qualifies to be an "appropriate"
location. Having lost its Post Office, shop, garage, and cafe as well as a meaningful
bus service, with the exception of a garden centre and a chain restaurant, Badgers
Mount now has no services or facilities whatsoever and we can see nothing in your
Plan that will change this. Therefore your statement that you seek to retain local
services and facilities is absolutely meaningless for Badgers Mount and, even worse,
your proposals in sheer numbers alone will completely change the face of an area
which is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as the Green Belt which
it is your duty, as our local Council, to protect.
Having read the Plan, we can see absolutely no solid proposals to make any
infrastructure improvements, only vague suggestions for the possible provision of
doctors' surgeries and shops, with no mention at all of any additional bus services,
etc, to cater for these additional 2,200 houses, let alone any road safety
improvements or additional/improved pavements. It is of paramount importance that
The Local Plan includes an explicit statement/requirement that any development
proposals put forward must include very specific infrastructure and services schemes,
and that payments of any kind will not and cannot be made in substitution of these