Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 A Balanced Strategy for Sustainable Growth in a Constrained District Policy 1 - A Balanced Strategy For Growth in a Constrained District [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP1116
Respondent Lichfields (Sarah Fabes ID-3226) [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 28 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

We write on behalf of our client, U+I Group Plc (“U+I”), in response to the consultation on Sevenoaks
District Council’s (“SDC”) Draft Local Plan (July 2018).

U+I has a long term interest in Sevenoaks, having acquired the Swanley Square Shopping Centre in 2004
(the Site). In line with SDC’s early masterplan vision for Swanley, U+I has sought to regenerate the centre
and adjoining land, introduce with a view to improve the experience of the second largest town centre in the
District and deliver new homes for Swanley.

U+I welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Draft Local Plan and supports the continued allocation of
the site in line with the current Housing and Mixed Use Allocation in the adopted Allocations and
Development Management Plan (ADMP)(ref. H2(c): Swanley Centre, Nightingale Way, Swanley). U+I is
encouraged that the Draft Local Plan identifies the site (at Appendix 2) as having a capacity to accommodate
new homes, however the Council are underestimating the sites capacity as a town centre location. As directed
within the updated National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (July 2018), town centres/brownfield land
should be identified to deliver a significant number of homes and thus reduce growing pressures on green
field and ultimately Green Belt sites.

U+I’s comments on the Draft Local Plan are set out below. For clarity, suggested tracked changes to draft
policy wording is provided at Appendix 1 of this letter and comments have been made in light of the recently
published new NPPF.


Please see attached for more information.