Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Ensuring new development respects local distinctiveness Heritage Assets Policy 17 - Heritage Assets [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP968
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 09 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

Para 7.29 After "…materials should be sympathetic to those used in the original building" add:

"This does not require them to be the same. Contrasting materials can complement the historic fabric and provide a distinct and clearly ‘legible’ layer of history, representing new materials and craftsmanship that emphasises the quality of the original work.

Para 7.33 Add:

‘Any proposals affecting a Locally Listed Building should consider the reasons why it was included on the Local List, and should avoid harming its distinctive features or character.’

Para 7.34 Add after "…paths and boundaries":

"the relationship between houses and their gardens including the spaciousness and openness of the landscape setting and mature trees…"

Para 7.36 Add:

"High quality contemporary design is not precluded from Conservation Areas provided that it demonstrably provides a modern interpretation of the special characteristics of the Area."

Policy 17 - Heritage Assets

In the third para there appears to be an unwarranted conflation of the relevant tests and a failure to distinguish between designated and non-designated assets. The wording set out is only appropriate for designated assets, though it omits the test where there will be substantial harm or loss (correctly stated in para 7.25 final sentence). For non-designated heritage assets, including those locally listed, the public benefits etc will always be relevant, and the reference to "less than substantial harm" is irrelevant. See paras 134 and 135 of the NPPG.