Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 3 - Housing strategy MM/033 MM/033 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 58
Respondent Julie Davies - CPRE Kent [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 20 Jan 2020
Comment

Land is allocated for up to 785 new dwellings “with an approximate average density of 35 dwellings per hectare (net)”.  This is a very low density of development. 

As a matter of principle, higher densities should be encouraged to reduce the need for loss of best and most versatile agricultural land. In addition, where the required masterplan will be providing details of “linkages to new and existing public transport infrastructure, including bus and rail services,” it is considered that density could be further increased in the interests of sustainable development.

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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