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PLANNING THE FUTURE OF SEVENOAKS DISTRICT Alan Dyer Planning Policy Manager Sevenoaks District Council Presentation to Sevenoaks Society 7 October 2009.

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1 PLANNING THE FUTURE OF SEVENOAKS DISTRICT Alan Dyer Planning Policy Manager Sevenoaks District Council Presentation to Sevenoaks Society 7 October 2009

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4 Sevenoaks Urban Area

5 The Approach The plan proposes that future development will be located in existing urban areas Whilst continuing to protect the countryside.

6 Key Issues Housing Provision Housing Needs Employment Land Town Centres Design and Conservation Sustainable Development Infrastructure and Open Space

7 Housing Provision We have been set a requirement of 3,300 dwellings ( ) for the District equivalent to an average of 165 dwellings per annum.

8 How does the District Housing Provision compare? Dartford867 pa Gravesham465 pa Maidstone554 pa Sevenoaks165 pa Tandridge125 pa Tonbridge and Malling450 pa Tunbridge Wells300 pa Wealden550 pa Bexley345 pa Bromley485 pa

9 Past Completion Rates 2008/ / / / / / / / /01183

10 What we must do If we did nothing and dealt with applications as they came in we would probably meet the requirement without building in the Green Belt. But: We would not be promoting development in the most suitable locations and on the best sites Government requires us to shown how and where the requirement will be met

11 Assessing the Housing Supply Includes: Completions Commitments Potential Development Sites Broad Locations Windfalls

12 Assessing the Housing Supply DistrictSevenoaks Completions Commitments1, Total2, Potential Sites Small Sites Overall Total3,5311,331

13 Affordable Housing Housing to meet the needs of people who cannot afford to buy or rent on the open market Aims to increase provision in response to need Requires affordable housing in smaller schemes (down to 5 Units) Allows for small scale schemes on the edge of villages to meet local need

14 Housing size and type More older people and more single person households Future housing should reflect needs of the changing population – case for more smaller units. Supports higher density development in accessible locations close to services and facilities provided local character is not damaged.

15 Employment Land Requires well-located employment land to be retained Supports redevelopment to meet modern needs Some new provision in town centres and at Swanley Priority to business and tourist use in conversion of buildings in rural areas

16 Sevenoaks Town Centre

17 We need to maintain the vitality and viability of the centre and protect its historic character. Retail Study Update shows capacity for limited growth in the long term Scope for development of land west of Blighs Meadow Waitrose redevelopment Longer term opportunities east of the High Street

18 Design and Conservation Requires development to be designed to a high quality Respond to distinctive local character Safeguards District heritage Detailed guidance to be developed at a local level including Character Area Appraisals and Parish Plans/Village Design Statements.

19 Sustainable Development Promotes sustainable design and construction Promotes greater use of renewable energy Supports measures to reduce reliance on the car Avoids development in areas liable to flood Requires sustainable drainage and measures to reduce water consumption in new developments Requires air quality impacts to be assessed.

20 Infrastructure and Open Space Services and facilities needed to support new development Requires new development to provide or contribute to additional requirements Open space, sport and recreational facilities of value to the community will be retained.

21 The Core Strategy Timetable Preferred Options Consultation Early 2009 Publication of the Submission Plan January 2010 Representation Period (6 weeks) January/ February 2010 SubmissionApril 2010 ExaminationJuly 2010 AdoptionLate 2010

22 Other Development Plan Documents Allocations DPDIdentifying specific sites for development Development Control DPD Detailed development control policies – replacing detailed policies in the Local Plan Supplementary Planning Document Detailed guidance to support Development Plan Policies

23 Questions?


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