Sevenoaks Plan: hearings halted over concerns

Sevenoaks Local Plan Examination: Inspector concerns. SDC Might have to withdraw the draft Plan.

The Inspector appointed to examine Sevenoaks draft Local Plan has suspended the Examination Hearings  because of concerns about the Legality and the Soundness of the submission.

Read the Inspector’s note here

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In a note posted on SDC’s Local Plan website,  the Inspector says that SDC left it late before they talked to neighbouring local authorities about how they might help meet the housing shortfall (a Duty to Cooperate issue affecting Legal Compliance).

Read SDC’s Duty to Cooperate response here

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The note also says that she wants more information from SDC on their Sustainability Appraisal , on their Strategy for Growth, on their Green Belt Assessment and on their proposed Housing Distribution and Supply (all issues touching on the Soundness of the Plan).

The Inspector has suspended further Hearing sessions. She intends to write a letter to SDC detailing her concerns. She will wait for SDC’s response before reaching any final conclusions on the way forward for the Examination, but she is considering a recommendation that SDC  withdraw the draft Plan from the Examination.

Read the Inspector’s note here

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Read SDC’s initial responding letter here

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Read SDC’s Duty to Cooperate response here

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Devolopers whose proposed sites have not been included in the draft Plan have been challenging SDC’s approach at every turn. Squerryes are among them. More about Squerryes’ Statements and the full range of Examination Hearing documents here.


Squerryes request yet more time on Covers Farm. Consultation ends 24th October

Squerryes’ holding company making the application for restoring Covers Farm have asked Kent County Council Minerals and  Waste for yet more time. Kent County Council are consulting on this until  24th October. The Planning Application Number is  KCC/SE/0223/2019.      Read more here.


Tandridge Local Plan hearings continue 4th November

Three days of Tandridge District Council Local Plan Examination hearings have just elapsed. They looked at Overarching issues, Tandridge’s identified Housing Need, the proposed rate of house-building and supply; Tandridge’s proposed employment land and the site allocations, including Moorhouse.

You can view each of the day’s proceedings at

The Moorhouse site was discussed on Day 3 in the afternoon.

NB: Please click here to read about the changed schedule

Topics still to be heard: the proposed South Godstone  Village and Tandridge’s Green Belt Review.


Site of the former Moorhouse Tileworks, earmarked by Tandridge District Council in its Draft Local Plan for removal from the Green Belt and identified as a Strategic Employment Site.

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