Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 3 - Housing strategy MM/038 MM/038 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 62
Respondent Julie Davies - CPRE Kent [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 20 Jan 2020
Comment

Land is allocated for up to 1020 dwellings.

It is noted that Main Modifications are proposed to this policy “for clarity and effectiveness and (to) apply a consistent approach to strategic housing policies.”

Unlike the other policies no indication is given to density aspirations.

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 accompanying Transport Assessment will “incorporate and provide for connections and improvements to … public transport” 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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