Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Supporting a Vibrant and Balanced Economy Visitor Economy Policy 14 - Town and Local Centres [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP854
Respondent Kent County Council (Barbara C… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 20 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

Page 80

Provision and Delivery of County Council Community Services - There is concern that, under ‘Protection of Community Uses’, the policy would allow that, where ‘school and community buildings become vacant and there is no requirement for an alternative educational use for the existing community use, priority will be given to reusing the buildings or site to address local need for community facilities’. This would preclude the County Council obtaining the best Capital Receipts from the disposal of its land, which on many occasions, is used to support the provision of new replacement facilities, so for this reason, the County Council would not support this part of policy 14. Given the draft Local Plan’s broad support for development in town centres to maintain their vibrancy, is there potential for any sites to be identified for mixed-use development, particularly in Sevenoaks Town Centre, which would provide residential use above ground floor town centre uses?