Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Housing Density Policy 12 - Housing density [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP1095
Respondent Nicola Jones ID-4778 [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 27 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted
Response Type OBSERVATIONS
Comment

Paragraph 5.40
Paragraph 5.40 of the draft Local Plan states:
The Local Plan takes a flexible approach to density, allowing the purpose of the
development, the context of the site and the defining characteristics of the surrounding area
to lead the process, taking the opportunity to achieve high density development where it is
appropriate

Haulfryn supports the Council’s aims set out in draft paragraph 5.40, and agrees that density
should be applicable to the type of development and its implications on the surrounding area.
Policy 12
Draft Policy 12 of the emerging Local plan states:
All new housing development will be expected to make the most efficient use of land. In the
recent past development has been delivered at an average density of approximately 60 DPH
across the District. New development will be expected to be delivered at higher densities, on
average.
Proposals for housing development will be permitted at higher densities than those typically
found in the surrounding area where it can be adequately demonstrated that the proposal:
1. Is of high quality design and respects local character;
2. Includes a mix of housing types and sizes that reflect identified needs;
3. Is well served by public transport, walking and cycling routes, local services and
community facilities; and
4. Demonstrates that the area is able to accommodate additional development.
For all other proposals for housing development the density of the development should be at
least equivalent to that in the surrounding area, with no unacceptable impact on local
character.

Haulfryn supports the final paragraph of Draft Policy 12 which is consistent with
paragraph 123 of the NPPF which promotes high intensity land use in areas of existing
or anticipated shortage of land for meeting housing requirements. However, this
conflicts with the earlier sentence which requires that new development will be expected
to be delivered at higher densities, on average. It is also somewhat inconsistent with
draft paragraph 5.40 in that there needs to be reference in the emerging policy to the
need to consider the type of development being proposed when considering density.
This is to ensure the policy is effective in meeting other aims of the plan.
Proposed Modifications
For the plan to be effective (test of soundness c of the NPPF), Haulfryn suggests that the
final paragraph in the policy is amended to,
“Unless there are specific reasons why this is not possible, for all other proposals for
housing development the density of the development should be at least equivalent to
that in the surrounding area, with no unacceptable impact on local character”
(proposed changes underlined)

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