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

Community and Utility Infrastructure

5.10 The National Planning Policy Framework requires local plans to make provision for infrastructure for transport, telecommunications, waste management, water supply, wastewater, flood risk and coastal change. It also requires the provision of health, community and cultural infrastructure, together with utility infrastructure such as gas, electricity, emergency services and fibre-optic cables.

5.11 It is important that there is sufficient community infrastructure to support new development. This includes provision of adult social services, education, health facilities, libraries, childcare and youth services. This is dealt with more fully in policy CM01 and supporting text.

5.12 Advanced high quality communications infrastructure is essential for sustainable economic growth. The development of high speed broadband technology and other communications networks also plays a vital role in enhancing the provision of local community facilities and services.

5.13 The Council is working with Kent County Council and other services providers to ensure sufficient infrastructure is provided for. An Infrastructure Delivery Plan has been prepared alongside the Local Plan to identify infrastructure requirements. Further guidance is set out in the implementation policy SP01.

5.14 The following policies seek to achieve the objectives of accommodating the development needed whilst providing and improving access to community and utility infrastructure.

Policy SP39 - Community Infrastructure

Development will only be permitted when provision is made to ensure delivery of relevant and sufficient community and utility infrastructure. Where appropriate, development will be expected to contribute to the provision of new, improved, upgraded or replacement infrastructure and facilities.