Proposed Revisions to Draft Local Plan (Preferred Options)

Document Section 1. Preferred Options Revisions Section 11 - National Standards Section 11 - National Standards [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 914
Respondent Clifford Tamplin [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 17 Mar 2017
Response Type OBJECT
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  • Object

Water: If the current best practice is for 105 lpd, then why is the proposal to include only 110 lpd? Given the massive increase in housing that this plan proposes, Thanet which is already short of water, will be in a dire position by 2031 unless significant steps are taken such as including the strictest standards available for any new development or upgrades. At the least, the plan must include a statement that any new tighter national standards promulgated will be incorporated and effective immediately without the need to go through a local plan update.

Accessibility: In order to accommodate the aging population, developers do not need 'encouragement', they need tight standards that ensure that the appropriate housing is constructed. For example: A minimum of 1 in 10 units constructed must be fully wheelchair accessible. All units constructed must have basic wheelchair accessibility to the ground floor accommodation. 

Insulation: Thanet is a cold and windy place for much of the year and as such, standards must be defined at the high end of insulation, waterproofing and corrosion resistance to salt air. This will ensure that the housing stock lasts. I raise this point having witnessed the shoddy construction methods being used in the new Westwood housing estates. I would not buy something that is so inadequate and would not expect my new neighbours to have to do so either.