Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Protecting, Conserving and Enhancing Green Belt, Landscape and the Natural Environment Landscape and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Policy 3 - Landscape and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP950
Respondent Mr Hobbs ID-4008 [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 08 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

SDC will be well aware that AONB designation is a greater level of protection from development than even Green Belt and therefore, Fort Halsead being located within the Kent Downs AONB benefits from this additional layer of protection.

We have noted the policy set out in Policy 3 and our recommendation is that the wording ‘where possible’ set out at the end of the first paragraph is removed from the final policy wording adopted so that it would read;

‘The Landscape Character of the District and the countryside, including areas of tranquillity will be conserved and the distinctive features that contribute to the special character will be protected and enhanced’

It is also recommended that under the draft criteria set out for consideration of proposals within an AONB that the ‘Density of Proposed Development’ is added as a specific bullet point to the six other bullet point considerations.

Thirdly, within the policy section relating to enhancement, Policy 3 completely ignores / disregards that fact than enhancement begins from protecting the intrinsic landscape character of an AONB – our recommendation is that this objective is set out as a first bullet point in this section.