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 Green Belt Policy 4 - Development in the Green Belt [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP990
Respondent Jon Kirby ID-2728 [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 26 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

As previously discussed, Paragraph 145 of the NPPF states that a local planning authority should regard the

construction of new buildings as inappropriate in the Green Belt with exceptions to this including limited

infilling or the partial or complete redevelopment of previously developed land whether redundant or in

continuing use (excluding temporary buildings), which would:

Not have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the existing development; or

Not cause substantial harm to the openness of the Green Belt, where the development would re-use

previously developed land and contribute to meeting an identified affordable housing need within the

area of the local planning authority.

6.2 Policy 4 states "proposals to extend or replace buildings in the Green Belt will be permitted where the design

of the proposal does not materially harm the openness of the Green Belt through disproportionate scale,

bulk or visual intrusion. As a guide, the total floorspace of the proposal, together with any previous extensions

or outbuildings, should not result in an increase of more than 50% above the floorspace of the original


6.3 The higher densities proposed on these sites will increase the original built footprint of a number of sites put

forward for consideration in the Local Plan, and therefore may have a greater impact on the openness of

the Green Belt. The development of these sites will conflict with local and national planning policy, and may

result in inappropriate development in the Green Belt, and therefore would not satisfy the test of soundness.

Recommendations to ensure soundness

As outlined in Section 2 of these representations, it is recommended that the Council allocate additional

sites, including the land at London Road/School Lane, for residential development to increase the

amount of developable land for housing and thus reduce the development densities on sensitive sites

such as those in the Green Belt. This will ensure that the footprint of new development on sites detailed

above does not go beyond what is permitted in national and local planning policy.