Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Comment ID 173
Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 3 - Housing strategy MM/032 MM/032 [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Joshua Mellor - Barton Willmore LLP [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 27 Jan 2020

A number of modifications are proposed to Policy S12, all of which seek to provide clarity and ensure the policy is effective. Generally, these changes are supported, including the removal of the requirement for a Statement of Social Impacts which is substituted for the need to undertake an assessment of need for community facilities as part of the masterplanning process for the Strategic Sites.


We acknowledge the Council's obligations to make provision for self-build demand but still question whether a specific policy requirement for self-build is necessary or justified. Whilst the Council's Self­ Build Register is not publicly available, we are aware the demand for self-build is very low across the District (circa. 25 plots). In light of this, a requirement for an element of self-build to be provided for all sites in excess of 10 dwelling is unreasonable and, for the Strategic Sites, is difficult to masterplan successfully for. The Council should support proposals which come forward for or make provision for self-build plots, but the specific policy requirement under SP12 is not justified and not effective. We recommend this be removed to ensure Policy SP12 is "sound".

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