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

Comment ID 104
Document Section Draft Thanet Local Plan - 2031 - Pre-Submission Publication, Regulation 19 Home Working E03 View all on this section
Respondent Richard Steel View all by this respondent
Response Date 18 Sep 2018
What is the nature of this representation?
  • Observation

Retro-fitting should not just be supported, but mandated, where appropriate. Acol, for example has no high speed broadband infrastructure. Provision is patchy, slow and unreliable. Neighbouring villages now have full fibre provision through Virgin Media, whose network may well pass through our community, but the company will not offer its services in Acol because it cannot make a business case.

Do you consider the document is Sound?
If no, Do you consider it is unsound because it is:
  • Not Effective
What changes do you suggest to make the document legally compliant or sound? In its Local Plan Thanet has the opportunity of adopting a more proactive stance concerning the development of vital digital infrastructure required throughout the district. Its granting of way leaves and planning permission could be conditional upon full development of superfast broadband in its locale, and it could lobby for more imaginative bundling of broadband services, such as charging based on speed and reliability delivered as a proportion of a nominal target speed at a capped maximum price.
Do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? No
Officer's Response Not yet available.
Proposed Change