Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Health and Wellbeing, Air Quality and Climate Change Flood Risk and Sustainable Drainage Policy 18 - Health and Wellbeing, Air Quality, Climate Change and Flooding [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP815
Respondent HBF (Mark Behrendt ID-2007) [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 19 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted
Response Type OBSERVATIONS
Comment

We recognise the importance of ensuring new development supports the wider aims of
local authorities and their partners to improve the health and well-being of their residents
and workforce. However, the requirement for a development to undertake a Health
Impact Assessment (HIA) to demonstrate how they have mitigated any potential negative
effects on health is unnecessary and an additional burden on applicants. The PPG sets
out that HIAs
“may be a useful tool to use where there is expected to be significant
impacts”
but it also outlines the importance of the local plan in considering the wider
health issues in an area and ensuring policies respond to these. As such Local Plans
should already have considered the impact of development on the health and well-being
of their communities and set out policies to address any concerns. Where a development
is in line with policies in the local plan an HIA should not be necessary. Only where there
is a departure from the plan should the Council consider requiring an HIA.

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