Planning issues October 2021

Sevenoaks District wants your views on the character of Westerham, Brasted and Sundridge

A message to residents from Sevenoaks District Council’s Strategy Planning Team:


To identify and enhance the character of the District, Sevenoaks District Council is running a three-week survey to find out what residents think about where they live

The Council is preparing a character study that aims to document the history, people, landscape, streets and buildings of the District and how they make the area special. As a starting point, an interactive map, called a ‘Storymap’, has been produced, which residents are being asked for their views on. The responses from participants will be incorporated into a new study that will be used as part of the local planning process. We hope you will contribute to the character study and help build up a picture of each unique part of the District.

The survey runs from 18 October to 8 November 2021. Visit to complete the survey. If you would like to stay involved, please leave your email address at the bottom of the online survey.

Telephone or paper surveys are available for people without internet access by calling 01732 227000 or emailing

Covers Farm Infill decision now no earlier than 8th December 2021

The earliest the Kent County Council Planning Applications Committee is likely to make a decision on KCC/SE/0495/2018, Stabilisation/Restoration of Covers Farm Sandpit, is at their meeting on 8th December. Following the site meeting on Tuesday 12th October, involving committee members, KCC planning officers, KCC Cllr Nick Chard and Henry Warde, the complexities of the application were acknowledged. KWG understands that the geotechnical consultants that KCC has appointed to review the application have not yet reported back to the planning officers. Hence the putting back of the date of the hearing.

If approved, the application will involve 84,200 four-axle tipper trucks bringing infill material to the quarry from the south-east London area. There will be further lorries involved in creating the earth bunds required for the project. The project is estimated to last six years.

Residents in north Westerham, parents of children at Churchill Primary School, residents of Brasted, Sundridge and Biggin Hill and Tatsfield will no doubt have their concerns about the potential harmful effects of so many lorries in terms of air quality, noise, vibration and the impact on residential amenity and the local highways. 

You can read the objections submitted by Surrey County Council, London Borough of Bromley, and Sevenoaks District Council here.  On that page you will also see objections made by the MPs for East Surrey and Orpington. Westerham Town Council and Brasted and Sundridge & Ide Hill Parish Councils have objected to the proposal.

For more about the quarry and what’s being proposed, please click here

For more about the potential impact on air quality, and the additional noise and vibration likely to be generated by the lorries, click here

To read how the ‘haul’ road would present a potential hazard, click here

For detail on how the application would result in a loss of biodiversity, click here


KWGRG’s appeal for funds

We’re still raising funds towards seeking expert opinion and producing campaign materials. If you are able to make a donation – £ 30, £10 or anything at all – it will make a big difference in the fight to prevent Westerham, Brasted, Sundridge and Biggin Hill from becoming blighted by eight-wheeler tipper trucks bringing inert waste along local roads for 6 years or more. An additional heavy lorry every 3 minutes, each weekday.

There are three ways to donate:

Drop in a cheque payable to ‘Keep Westerham Green Residents Group’ or cash to
‘Hunters’ 1A Fullers Hill, Westerham, TN16 1AF. Receipts will be noted.

Make a bank transfer to account name ‘Keep Westerham Green Residents Group’ at Barclays, sort code: 20 88 13, account number: 43902846.

A £10 donation via PayPal using a Debit or Credit Card.



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