Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Supporting a Vibrant and Balanced Economy Creating Local Jobs and Better Town Centres [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP864
Respondent Sevenoaks Town Council (Linda… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 05 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

Given that many people living in Sevenoaks work in London, Sevenoaks Town Council considers it all

the more important that the town¡¯s economy should be able to thrive, with vibrant Town (and Local)

Centres able to face the challenges posed by online shopping. STC would aim to retain 70% of

frontages as retail. STC notes the potential closure of banks in Sevenoaks Town Centre: imposing

buildings that would need to be put to appropriate use. To help maintain a thriving town centre, STC

believes that residential development on the first floor (and above) in the Town Centre should be

encouraged. STC suggests that it might be possible to deck over Town Centre car parks to create

additional housing, given that these are empty at night.

Regarding local business development, STC believes that it is vital to provide a favourable

environment for high-tech and high-value service industries, which would in turn facilitate

improvements in infrastructure. This would include the upgrading of the Vestry Estate as outdated

industries move out.