Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Comment ID DLPP563
Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 A Balanced Strategy for Sustainable Growth in a Constrained District Finding Places for New Homes View all on this section
Respondent James Hill ID-2306 View all by this respondent
Response Date 10 Sep 2018

The draft local plan should be clearer. What does the proposed additional 13,960 "units" mean in terms of population growth?  Another 30,000 to 50,000 residents in the district?  There is nothing even remotely sustainable about such a rapid and large increase in population. It appears that there is currently no infrastructure development plan (IDP), merely a policy and lots of platitudes in chapter 4 of the draft local plan about how SDC will work with various other bodies to improve infrastructure.  How, precisely, will infrastructure be improved?  What new roads will be built, how will train services be increased when the trains are already at capacity, where will the GP practices be (and for that matter where will the GPs be recruited from seeing as there is a national shortage of doctors), where will the new schools be (how are we going to encourage new teachers to come), etc, etc, etc.

Likewise, there do not appear to be any "exceptional" circumstances which would justify building on any of the greenbelt land.  Needing to build new homes is not exceptional.  There is plenty of brownfield land which can be used, including brownfield land which is not listed in the draft local plan (for example the site opposite Sevenoaks railway station).