Local Plan to 2030 Regulation 19 - Publication June 2016

Comment ID ALP/1521
Document Section Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft TOPIC POLICIES SECTION D - THE NATURAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT Water and Climate Change Sustainable Design and Construction Content 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 Consistent with national policy
Do you consider the Document is Legally Compliant? Yes

The plan is surprisingly silent on climate change.  Although it is agreed that the Code for Sustainable Homes cannot now be a local requirement given the outcomes of the Housing Standards Review.  It is still important that new development proactively seeks to ensure development is designed to reduce carbon emissions.  The policy should also relate to housing. 

Site layout and housing orientation to make use of local climate and site conditions, for example, can make significant contribution to reducing future energy consumption and remain within the proper remit of the Local Plan.  Passive design principles should be incorporated at the earliest design stages.

What changes do you suggest to make the document legally compliant or sound? Make the policy relevant to both residential and non-residential. see comment above.
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.