Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Ensuring new development respects local distinctiveness Outdoor Lighting Policy 15 - Design Principles [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP774
Respondent Natural England (Natural Engla… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 19 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

Policy 15 Design Principles

The policy provides a clear framework for decision making, with generally good support for other
policies. Clear reference should be made to Policy 6 (Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature).
References to GI provision are welcomed, although we would encourage requirements for GI to be
more explicit. For example, the policy should seek to ensure provision of new green infrastructure and
biodiversity net gain, with links to the existing green infrastructure network and provision of access
and recreation opportunities.

Section 3 should indicate the requirement for measurable net gain. ‘Increasing biodiversity potential
where possible’ will not result in overall net gains for biodiversity. We refer to our comments for Policy
6 (Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature) which explain the requirement to embed provision for
biodiversity net gain through development plan documents.