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 2 - Housing and Mixed Use Site Allocations [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP1165
Respondent Merilyn Canet ID-3696 [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 02 Oct 2018
Current Status Accepted

Sevenoaks Town. I think that the proposals for an large increase in population are based on incorrect assumptions about growth and what can be accommodated by the existing infra structure, both physical and social, without destabilising current communities.

Transport is a major issue, the present A25 is almost at gridlock for large parts of the day now.

The longer trains are full and the tracks too.

The proposed extra 1100 homes with perhaps 2-3000 extra people could not be managed on our roads and in the schools or the water supply , which is important in this this dry part of Kent.

I would like to see empty homes brought back into use or redeveloped.

Brown field sites near to stations densely developed.

More use of flats over shops or offices in the towns and villages.Retailing needs are changing so quickly that the planning designations need to respond. Using Sevenoaks Town more intensely could reduce car use and encourage bus routes to be developed .

Good quality spacious flats and small houses in groups for senior citizens could encourage them to move from under occupied family style houses . There is a shortage of such homes for owner occupiers.

There must be a greater diversity of homes available to buy or rent. Some people need to be able to live near where they work if we are to reduce air pollution and traffic jams.

Northern Ward could accommodate more smaller homes for sale or rent if the road problems can be sorted. Schools are full and overstretched 4000 state secondary school children within a mile distance on a country road A25 an air polluted area for school children. Few houses that their teachers can afford to live in,so they have to travel considerable distances to work.

There are sites in Northern ward that could take some temporary housing to assist with reducing the housing waiting list. Factory built housing is faster to build, good consistent quality and if no longer needed could be moved to another site.

Infra structure planning must come first in the thinking, who are we building these homes for in our long established communities?