Local Plan to 2030 Regulation 19 - Publication June 2016

Comment ID ALP/1396
Document Section Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft STRATEGIC POLICIES Strategic Development Requirements Employment delivery View all on this section
Respondent CPRE Kent (Ashford District Co… View all by this respondent
Response Date 09 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 Positively Prepared
  • Not Justified
  • Not Effective
  • Not Consistent with national policy
Do you consider the Document is Legally Compliant? No
Comment

Economic Forecasting

In 2012 GL Herne suggested that the ‘downside risks’ jobs scenario had the greatest probability of playing out.  Since then the Council has assessed the employment target as too pessimistic, and suggest that the ‘baseline’ scenario of 12600 new jobs target would be more appropriate.

Given the creation of 1500 new jobs between 2010 and 2014 and the likelihood of the continuation of a low growth economy in the years following ‘Brexit’ CPRE Kent believe the appropriate realistic and aspirational scenario is the ‘downside risks’ jobs scenario.

Paragraph 3.89

CPRE believes that delivery of high speed broadband infrastructure across the borough must be a priority. Cellphone and broadband are equally successful to the success of the rural economy as anywhere else.

Policy SP3 – Strategic Approach to Economic Development

Insert additional criterion (g): New workplaces, including those in rural locations should include the provision of high-speed broadband access.

What changes do you suggest to make the document legally compliant or sound? CPRE Kent believe the appropriate realistic and aspirational scenario is the ‘downside risks’ jobs scenario.

At para 3.89: Emphasise the importance of high speed broadband in rural areas.

Insert additional criterion (g) at Policy SP3: New workplaces, including those in rural locations should include the provision of high-speed broadband access.
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.
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