Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Comment ID MCLP/604
Document Section Main Changes to Local Plan 2030 Policy S5 - Land South of Pound Lane (MC12) Content [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Joanne Atkins [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 30 Aug 2017
To be "Sound" a Plan should be Positively Prepared, Justified, Effective and Consistent with National Policy
Do you consider that this ‘Main Change’ is sound? No
If you consider the ‘Main Change’ is unsound, on which grounds do you consider it so (see guidance)?
  • Not Positively Prepared
  • Not Justified

Please set out your representation here, relating to "soundness". If applicable, what changes do you propose to make the document "sound"?

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Comment

Section 4.62 

Acknowledges the need for 'visual separation' for the village of Kingsnorth and a 'barrier' for the small cluster of homes on Pound Lane but there is no supporting evidence of this, or reassurance for other residents close by in the Washford Farm and Knights Park area. The open space and uninterrupted skyline along the south of Pound Lane, and mature trees, greenery and scenery provides a calm area for local residents to walk and de-stress. There is no substitution for this. Mention of land to the south of the development (same with Court Lodge) to be kept open is necessary but again no compensation for losing open space on our doorsteps, resulting in having to walk further through residential areas to reach open space. This clustering of housing will only serve to make local residents feel more "hemmed in" with no buffer even mentioned or considered for them. I am therefore in full support of the Landscape Protection Policy and want acknowledgement of the importance of this easily accessible open space for physical and mental health.

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Do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? No
Does your representation relate to a new or a previously-submitted omission site?
  • Not Applicable
If you have previously commented on the Local Plan, as a result of this ‘Main Change’ do you wish to withdraw, replace or add to any previous comments?
  • Not Applicable – this is a new representation
Do you consider that this ‘Main Change’ is Legally Compliant in accordance with the relevant regulations?
  • Yes