Local Plan to 2030 Regulation 19 - Publication June 2016

Comment ID ALP/1284
Document Section Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft TOPIC POLICIES SECTION A - HOUSING Development of Residential Gardens Content View all on this section
Respondent Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Miller) View all by this respondent
Response Date 08 Aug 2016
Do you consider this part of the document is Sound? No
On which grounds do you consider the document unsound? (if applicable)
  • Not Consistent with national policy
Do you consider the Document is Legally Compliant? Yes

The Kent Downs AONB Unit is concerned that this policy does not provide any restriction on the development of residential gardens within the open countryside.  This could result in inappropriate new residential development outside of recognised settlements, including within the AONB and would not be in compliance with para 55 of the NPPF that seeks to avoid isolated new homes in the countryside.  It is considered that reference to the proposal being within an existing town or recognised village settlement should be included in the policy wording.

What changes do you suggest to make the document legally compliant or sound? Additional text in CAPITALS:

“Development proposals involving the complete or partial redevelopment of residential garden land will be permitted provided that THE SITE LIES WITHIN A RECOGNISED TOWN OR VILLAGE SETTLEMENT, the proposed development complies with the Council’s external space standards…..”
Do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? Yes
Does your representation relate to an omission site (a site that has not been included). For example a site for Housing, Employment, Travellers, or Local Green Spaces. No
Please supply details of the omission site.