Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Health and Wellbeing, Air Quality and Climate Change Clean air, healthy living and preparing for a changing climate [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP862
Respondent Kent County Council (Barbara C… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 20 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

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Public Rights of Way - KCC welcomes the acknowledgement of the Kent Active Travel Strategy. The County Council’s ROWIP is not currently evidenced. The current ROWIP should be referenced as it is a strategic and statutory policy document for the protection and enhancement of PRoW.

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Sustainable Business and Communities - KCC recommends that the design of houses should consider passive solar, shading, orientation, natural ventilation and planting to avoid unnecessary heat gain and promote efficient energy usage.

Public Rights of Way - KCC notes that there is no reference to the PRoW Network. The PRoW network should be referenced within this section as it is a valuable access resource that provides significant opportunities for outdoor recreation. There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that physical exercise in open green space can have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. The Local Plan should aim to increase the provision of high quality green infrastructure, creating opportunities for walking, cycling and equestrian activity.
From a safety perspective, research shows that people are deterred from cycling along existing roads due to increasing levels of vehicular traffic. To address this issue and encourage cycling activity, especially amongst families with young children, KCC considers that there needs to be a greater provision of traffic free, off-road cycle routes across the region. The PRoW and Access Service can help to address this issue by upgrading existing PRoW and creating new off-road routes for cycling. New development should support the work of the PRoW and Access Service to enable the deliver these outcomes.

High quality walking and cycling routes provide opportunities for active travel across the district. The draft Local Plan should ensure that developments incorporate convenient walking and cycling routes, which provide realistic alternatives to short car journeys. Reducing the number of short distance car journeys should help to address vehicle congestion on roads, which contribute towards air quality issues.