Draft Thanet Local Plan - 2031 - Pre-Submission Publication, Regulation 19

General Housing Policy Requirements

3.20 There are a number of policy requirements relating to residential development that will apply to all of the site specific policies and land allocated for housing. The following policy applies to all sites allocated in this Local Plan for residential development. NB There are other policies in the Local Plan that would also apply to new residential developments - the plan must be read as a whole.

Policy SP12 - General Housing Policy

Proposals for residential development on sites allocated in this plan must:

  1. Provide one electric car charging point for every 10 parking spaces provided in communal areas, or one charging point to be provided for every new dwelling with parking provision within its curtilage
  2. Retain existing boundary features where possible
  3. Provide a connection to the sewerage system at the nearest point of adequate capacity, in collaboration with the service provider
  4. Allow future access to the existing water supply infrastructure for maintenance and upsizing purposes
  5. Provide for the installation of digital infrastructure
  6. Provide for the installation of Fibre to the Home (FTTH)
  7. Contribute towards the Strategic Access Management and Monitoring Plan to meet the requirements of SP26

Additionally, proposals for 10 or more units must:

  1. Provide an appropriate mix of dwellings (including care and supported housing) to meet the requirements of Policy SP19
  2. Make every reasonable effort to accommodate any self-build requirements included in the Councils self-build register
  3. Provide affordable housing to meet the requirements of Policy SP20
  4. Provide accessible homes to meet the requirements of Policy QD05
  5. Include an assessment of the site’s functionality as a roosting or feeding resource for the interest features of the Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay SPA Special Protection Area, including areas within 400m of the development site’s boundary, and provide mitigation where necessary. 

A Statement of Social Impacts will be required for developments of 50 or more dwellings, addressing any needs for community facilities identified in the Infrastructure Delivery Plan. Strategic Sites will also be expected to provide complementary uses such as community business space.

A Heritage Impact Assessment will be required at the masterplanning stage for the strategic sites to assess any cumulative impacts of the site allocations and highways infrastructure on heritage assets and archaeological resources.