Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Comment ID DLPP764
Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Housing in Rural Areas Policy 10 - Housing in rural areas [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Graham Simpkin Planning (Graha… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Sep 2018

On behalf of Andrew Tickle

Paragraph 5.28 explains that there is increased level of demand for housing in rural areas and introduces an

exception site policy. Graham Simpkin Planning agrees that a policy for exception sites is required. Up to

date Rural Housing Needs Surveys are an important part of the evidence base. It is essential that the

questions asked are consistent and a template (preferably agreed by all Kent local authorities) should be

provided by the Council.

Policy 10 (Housing in Rural Areas) explains that it would be only on rare occasions that an element of

market housing would be necessary to facilitate delivery. This statement undervalues the importance of

market housing to enable the financial viability, or meet an identified local market need. It would be more

realistic to limit the market housing element to a proportion of number of houses delivered by the scheme.