Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Comment ID DLPP444
Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Executive Summary 6. Creating Local Jobs and Better Town Centres [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Sevenoaks & Swanley Liberal De… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 09 Sep 2018

Sevenoaks & Swanley Liberal Democrats

Local Economy

The plan should recognise explicitly that maintaining and improving the environment in Sevenoaks’ communities as attractive places to live, work and visit drives our economy. Our economy isn’t limited by environmental standards; it depends on them.

We support the objective of supporting existing town and village centres, with a flexible approach to take account of changing economic demands. Two major trends which should be more explicitly reflected in the plan are:
the increasing numbers of people working part time from home in high value services, with needs for local support and networking
the continuing rise of on-line retail, which may make redundant the additional retail space suggested in the plan.

Commercial space planning for high tech / high value services, and the clusters and networks to support their successful development needs better explanation.

Accessibility and connectivity will be critical for a sucessful economy as population grows. If the number of people in Sevenoaks District is 25% + higher at the end of the period than it is today, there is no way in which their transport needs can be met by private cars. The plan requires better identification of practical steps to improve public transport infrastructure, and support to make walking and cycling more attractive.