Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Ensuring new development respects local distinctiveness Outdoor Lighting Policy 15 - Design Principles [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP1062
Respondent Pro Vision (Robin Buchanan ID-5377) [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 27 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

Policy 15 not only seeks to resist the loss of existing open spaces, including blue green
infrastructure (Design Consideration 1 - Character) but also requires public and private spaces
to be integrated into the design of new development (Design Consideration 6). This will act
to limit increased density of development.
Similarly, it has yet to be properly tested whether the Plan’s expectations for increased housing
density can also be reconciled with other policies of the Plan, but in particular Policy 16 ‘historic
environment’ and Policy 17 ‘heritage assets’. The very locations where the Council appears
to believe it can extract maximum uplift in density of development (i.e. in existing towns and
villages/settlements) are locations the Plan accepts (for example paragraph 7.21) are more
likely than not to be influenced by historic environment and heritage asset considerations (e.g.
listed buildings and conservation areas); and in the case of settlements ‘washed over’ by either
Green Belt and/or AONB designation most likely to come into conflict with proposed Policy 3
‘landscape and AONB’ and Policy 4 ‘development in the Green Belt’ or in the case of smaller
villages and settlements, also into conflict with NPPF 122(c).
It is furthermore evident that the combined effect of Policies 12 and 15 (and policies 16 and
17) with the very detailed ‘checklist’ of global Design Guidance (questions) in Appendix 6 once
not just applied, but individual proposals revised to accord with it, will make a significant
demand on ‘space’ for a variety of other reasons than numbers and types of homes, thus
overall density of development.