Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Ensuring Well-Connected Communities are Supported by Appropriate Infrastructure Viability Policy 7 - Transport & Infrastructure [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP849
Respondent Kent County Council (Barbara C… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 20 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted
Response Type OBSERVATIONS
Comment

Education - Secondary:

Sevenoaks Urban Area: The town of Sevenoaks will likely need a new 6FE secondary school if the numbers of dwellings recorded in the draft Local Plan are built in the
district. It could be built anywhere in or outside the town, but KCC is conscious of the Green Belt issues. Nevertheless, with the amount of
housing development being proposed in this Draft Local Plan, without a new 6FE school, KCC would have difficulty supporting housing
development in the Sevenoaks, Halstead and Dunton Green areas.

Swanley, Hextable & Hartley: A new 8FE secondary school will be needed for the students generated by the housing developments being proposed in the northern half of the district. Due to the distances involved, it would be sensible to site the new school in the Pedham Place development as it lies half way between Hartley
and Swanley/Hextable as well as good transport links from the A20. With the amount of housing development being proposed in this Draft Local Plan, without a new 8FE school, KCC would have difficulty supporting housing development in the Swanley, Hextable, Pedham Place and Hartley areas.

Edenbridge: Many people from Edenbridge have wanted a secondary school since the closure of Eden Valley School in 2002. KCC offers no opposition to this
aspiration, but any new school must be viable. The existing secondary demand, added to the additional demand created if ALL the Edenbridge
sites are developed would still only create about 4FE. This is because many Edenbridge students would still prefer to attend Grammar or faith
schools in Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells. A point of support would be available if the school was located in the north of the town, so making it more accessible for students from Westerham. A 4FE secondary school in Edenbridge could be vulnerable financially, but if such a school can be proven to be part of the whole secondary
solution for Sevenoaks, KCC would of course, give it serious consideration.

Other Settlements: If the three schools described for Sevenoaks, Swanley, Hextable & Hartley and Edenbridge were to be created, then they would likely be sufficient
to accommodate any additional secondary demand. However, this is dependent on the forecasts showing manageable numbers of demand over
the next five to fifteen years from stock housing and from newly built housing, outside the proposals described in the draft Local Plan. 

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