Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 3 - Housing strategy MM/032 MM/032 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 57
Respondent Julie Davies - CPRE Kent [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 20 Jan 2020
Comment

In the interests of clarity and effectiveness it is considered that reference should be made to density aspirations.

A letter from the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP to Crispin Blunt MP in April 2018 set out that where there is a shortage of land for meeting housing needs, local planning authorities will be expected to use minimum density standards to make the most of the land available.  This approach has been taken forward in the updated NPPF.  It would be helpful for the plan to include a policy encouraging higher density where appropriate to reduce the need for loss of best and most versatile agricultural land, and sustain public transport infrastructure.

Paragraph 47 of the 2012 NPPF allows Councils to set their own approach to housing density to reflect local circumstances.

This approach has been taken forward in the updated NPPF.  The plan should include a policy encouraging higher density development to reduce the need for loss of best and most versatile agricultural land, and sustain public transport infrastructure.

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