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 DLPP814
Respondent HBF (Mark Behrendt ID-2007) [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 19 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

This policy will require developments to be considered by a Design Review Panel and
that this additional cost will be paid for by the developer. We do not consider this approach
to be appropriate as it will add considerably to the time taken for a development to come
forward for approval. Given the desire of Government to speed up the process such a
requirement would appear to be contradictory. Experience based on past experience with
CABE’s Design Review process suggests that it will create more uncertainty as well as
severely slow down the planning determination process, especially at a time when local

authority planning departments are under-staffed and under-resourced. The Council
should rely on it policies in the Local Plan to establish the parameters for what it considers
to be good design and allow house builders to deliver developments within these
parameters whilst also taking into account other factors such as viability. This
requirement should be removed and the use of design panels only applied where there
is an agreement between the developer and Council that this would be beneficial it taking
forward a strategic development.