Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 2 -Town Centre strategy MM/019 MM/019 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 188
Respondent N/A - Tesco Stores Limited [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Mark Buxton - RPS
Response Date 27 Jan 2020

Policy SP07 (MM/019)

For the reasons set out in the representations on MM/018 Tesco object to the inclusion in Policy SP07 of reference to “Development proposals in the Westwood Area should have regard to the provisions of the Westwood Area SPD once adopted and also the Westwood Relief Strategy”.

In addition to the previously expressed concerns, it is unclear what the ‘Westwood Area’ comprises. There is also no timeframe set out for the adoption of the SPD; it is anticipated that the Local Plan will be adopted far in advance of the SPD being drafted and ultimately adopted. Reference to the SPD within the Local Plan therefore results in uncertainty for developers/applicants. Furthermore, the Westwood Relief Strategy is not an up to date evidence base document and should therefore be reviewed and amended.

The policy wording in respect of Thanet Reach should be amended to refer specifically to flexible employment uses to reflect paragraph 1.32 (MM/008) of the Main Modifications. As per previous representations, it is further contended that Land North of Millennium Way should comprise a mixed use allocation, including residential development (for a total of 225 dwellings in combination with land to the south).