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 DLPP1057
Respondent Rob Moorhouse ID-5318 [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 27 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

In the SGBA the Tyrolese site falls within 21.6ha Parcel No. 47. The parcel has a score of ‘moderate’ against
the NPPF Green Belt purposes. However, the sub-area in the north of the Parcel (RA-14), the boundary of
which closely aligns with the Tyrolese site, is recognised to perform a much lesser Green Belt role against the
NPPG Green Belt purposes and is found to perform ‘weakly’ if considered in isolation. As such, the SGBA
recommends that
“Parcel 47 meets the NPPF purposes strongly, but there is scope for sub-division; an
identified area in the north at the edge of Sevenoaks may score weakly and could be considered further”
(pg. 93).
The SGBA ‘NPPF Purpose Assessment’ (pg. 64) considers Parcel No. 47, identifying a score of 3 ‘meets
criterion’ (on a scale of 1-5) against Green Belt Purposes 1, 2 and 3 and 0 ‘does not meet criterion’ against
Purpose 4. Commentary on RA-14 (pg. 92) identifies much weaker performance against Purposes 1-3.
We agree with the Council that the Tyrolese Site plays a much lessor Green Belt role (than Parcel No. 47), but
would go further to state that it does score weakly, not that it ‘may’. Our assessment of the Tyrolese site
(italics) against the five NPPF Green Belt purposes identifies:
a to check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas - the site is situated on the edge of the
Sevenoaks urban area and bound by the A21 road it would act as a natural extension to this
sustainable built up area

to prevent neighbouring towns merging into one another – this site does not have this purpose and
its release would not merge Sevenoaks with any other settlement

to assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment - the site is divorced from the wider countryside on the opposite side of the A21 which would then form a defensible buffer to the urban area. Its loss would not lead to wider encroachment

to preserve the setting and special character of historic towns – the site does not contribute to the setting of this part of Sevenoaks

to assist in urban regeneration, by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land – all

urban land is being used for housing: development at this sustainable edge of town site would contribute to creating much needed new homes

Accordingly, and as acknowledged by the Council in the SGBA, the Tyrolese site performs poorly against the
NPPG Green Belt purposes. It should be considered further for development.