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 DLPP1166
Respondent madgwick&dottridge (alan madgw… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 03 Oct 2018
Current Status Accepted


Dear Sirs,

We are acting for the owners of the above site which has been included under your Call for Sites Scheme under ref. H0255. We note that it has not been included within the Draft Local Plan as it was felt that it was in an unsuitable location for development and site specific issues cannot be overcome.

We would ask you to reconsider this site as there are a number of important aspects which should be taken into consideration.

The Site Deliverability Assessment states the SHELAA yield of 34-46 residential units with a density of 30-40 dph. Firstly we consider that this is not the correct approach for this site as it comprises of a range of modern farm buildings which would most readily convert into suitable residential units with a small number of new build on the south of the site. The numbers for this site would be considerably less than set out in the Deliverability Assessment. The proposal should be based on conversion of the existing buildings as within the Green Belt it would meet the guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework July 2018 which states that ‘the reuse of buildings provided that the buildings are of permanent and substantial construction is not inappropriate development’. Also the scheme could incorporate affordable housing for Local Community needs.

It is important to appreciate that although the site is in close proximity to a local wildlife site and woodland, the conversion of the buildings would be more appropriate than new build. Also the site is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but of course the structures on site already exist.

In conclusion therefore we take the view that this site should be considered for the conversion of the existing buildings and not new build. This would then overcome a number of your concerns regarding the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty issues. Also this site is Brown Field Land.

Yours faithfully,