Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Safeguarding places for Wildlife and Nature Blue Green Infrastructure and the Natural Environment Policy 6 - Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP811
Respondent Kent County Council (Barbara C… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 19 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

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SUDS - The policy references “connections to offsite blue green infrastructure”; however, KCC recommends that value should also be placed on existing ditches and
watercourses which may traverse any development site; therefore, it would be important to “retain the existing … onsite ponds, ditches and watercourses and any connections to offsite blue green infrastructure” Further. KCC recommends that kerbs and drains may be “wildlife friendly” not just “amphibian friendly”.

Biodiversity - KCC requests that clarity is provided within the Policy to ensure that planning application requirements and considerations are made clearer.

KCC recognises that designated sites can be impacted by construction works, therefore KCC is concerned of the lack of reference to the mitigation if a
locally designated site is proposed to be lost as a result of development., KCC recommends that there should be a requirement to replace the habitat like for
like or demonstrate the need for the development on the site.

KCC recommends that the policy should state the ecological surveys are required as part of any planning application to ensure that there is no net loss of
biodiversity on a site.