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 DLPP857
Respondent Kent County Council (Barbara C… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 20 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted
Response Type OBSERVATIONS
Comment

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Public Rights of Way - KCC notes that the PRoW network is not mentioned within the draft policy text, though it is noted within Appendix 6 - Section 2. Considering the value and importance of the PRoW network, KCC requests that the PRoW network is referenced within ‘Design Consideration’ sections 2, 4, 5 and 6. Alternatively, reference to the protection and enhancement of PRoW should be inserted into the text underneath the table, as PRoW encompass multiple design
considerations. Section 8 of the policy (Design and Character Guidance) should include reference to the KCC PRoW & Access ‘Good Design Guide’. This is designed to aid decision-making and promote good design in public path and countryside access management. The guide applies to both urban and rural locations and is intended to complement and where appropriate, draw together relevant technical and design information, both national and local, that has already been
published.
The inclusion of PROW text within this policy should ensure that the PRoW network is considered at an early stage of the design process and successfully incorporated into future developments.

KCC notes that the PRoW network is not mentioned within the draft policy text, though it is noted within Appendix 6 - Section 2. Considering the value and
importance of the PRoW network, KCC requests that the PRoW network is referenced within ‘Design Consideration’ sections 2, 4, 5 and 6. Alternatively,
reference to the protection and enhancement of PRoW should be inserted into the text underneath the table, as PRoW encompass multiple design
considerations.
Section 8 of the policy (Design and Character Guidance) should include reference to the KCC PRoW & Access ‘Good Design Guide’. This is designed to aid
decision-making and promote good design in public path and countryside access management. The guide applies to both urban and rural locations and is
intended to complement and where appropriate, draw together relevant technical and design information, both national and local, that has already been
published.
The inclusion of PROW text within this policy should ensure that the PRoW network is considered at an early stage of the design process and successfully
incorporated into future developments. KCC also considers that further consideration could be given on how to engage communities in the development of their settlements as early as possible so that they are involved in the design too.

SUDS - KCC recommends that for the ‘Working with site and its context’ element of the policy, SDC ensures the inclusion of the following:
i. the layout of the site should reflect the existing natural drainage catchments.
ii. In an urban setting (urban extension or previously developed land) must consider the capacity of the surrounding infrastructure (i.e.
drainage infrastructure).

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