Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Market and Affordable Housing Mix Policy 8 - Market and affordable housing mix [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP991
Respondent Jon Kirby ID-2728 [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 26 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

SKE acknowledge that the provision of new homes should contribute to meeting the needs of current and projected households. The District has a high proportion of large homes, however, given the District’s ageing population, the Council recognise that the ability to retain young people is vital in order to provide a more balanced demographic. The Council therefore wish to sift towards a requirement for smaller dwellings, to increase the proportion of lower cost housing available in the District.

7.2 The SHMA recommends targets for housing mix for both market and affordable homes, which emphasises a greater need for 3 bedroom market houses and 1 and 2 bedroom affordable homes. Whilst this is a blanket approach, depending on the geographical location of development sites, proposals for new dwellings are expected to take account of the evidence set out in the Local Housing Needs Study (LHNS) (2017).

7.3 SDC also emphasise the need to meet the requirements of an ageing population, and to ensure new homes enable people to continue to live independently for longer. Policy 8 therefore requires all new build housing to meet the optional technical standard M4(2) for accessible and adaptable dwellings, and to meet the optional technical standard M4(3) for wheelchair user dwellings for at least 5% of dwellings on new build development sites of 20 homes or more.

Recommendations to ensure soundness

SKE considers it will be important to maintain flexibility to allow for changing local market

circumstances. It will also be important that the housing mix prescriptions are revised in line with up-todate evidence and it is important that this is reflected within the policy wording.

SKE affirms, in principle, the support for new residential development to adapt to the needs of an ageing

population. However, this should be considered on a site by site basis subject to the viability of the

proposed scheme