Tandridge: Inspector rejects Plan, but Moorhouse could see development

 

A Happy Christmas to all our members!

Stop press: Bloomfield Terrace houses are back

There is  further proposal for 4 houses behind Bloomfield Terrace / Madan Rd. The deadline for comments is 1st January 2021. Read more here

Inspectors conclusions – Tandridge District Council Plan 2033

Tandridge District Council has received the Inspector’s preliminary conclusions on its submitted Local Plan. The Please see his letter below here.

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Headline points:

A recommendation that Tandridge withdraws its plan in the basis that it is “unsound”. The issue is the deliverability of the road infrastructure  – M26 Junction 6 – that would be necessitated by the South Godstone ‘Garden Village’ (see final paragraph below). 

Moorhouse: the Inspector accepts Tandrige’s identification of the site as a strategic employment centre, but seeks to preserve the AONB landscape (Paragraph 54 of the letter above)

He says

‘…  I am minded to conclude that there are exceptional circumstances to alter the green belt boundaries in respect of the site, set out in the Green Belt Assessment. It is however a sensitive site in landscape terms and at present is not developed with any buildings of a significant height. The policy should be amended to ensure that the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB would be conserved.’

Tandridge Councillors will discuss this letter at their Policy Planning Committee meeting on 20th January 2021.

Keep Westerham Green readers will recall that Tandridge failed in its bid for funds to improve Junction 6 of the M25, a precondition for the South Godstone Garden Village being approved by the Inspector.   To read more about this bid, please click here.

 

Sevenoaks Local Plan Judicial Review

Sevenoaks Local Plan: at the recent Judicial Review, the Council DID NOT manage to overturn the Planning Inspector’s rejection of their recent Draft Local Plan. The Council are now considering their options. Please read more here

To read the Judicial Review judgement online, click here. For the key points, click here.

20 mph for Westerham

Click here to find out where we are with the KCC-proposed 20 mph limit for most of Westerham.

Force Green Lane Doggie Day Care approved by Sevenoaks District Council

Read more about this here.

 

No news on the Covers Farm Quarry infill proposal

At 28th September there is no news about the application for the stabilisation/restoration of the Covers Farm Quarry – no timescale announced for KCC planner’s report, no date for a decision point. In April, along with Westerham Town Council we put some questions to the KCC planner. Hopefully at least these will be addressed in the report. Conventionally, members of the KCC Planning Committee would conduct a site visit prior to the decision meeting. Unsurprisingly, Covid-19 has curtailed this sort of activity. It has been suggested that a drone might be used instead of an actual visit, though please see below the wide impact that the Covers Farm infill would have. KCC planning decisions have been going ahead without site visits. Let’s hope that this won’t be the case here.

No site visit scheduled

Conventionally, members of the KCC Planning Committee would conduct a site visit prior to the decision meeting. Unsurprisingly, Covid-19 has curtailed this sort of activity. It has been suggested that a drone might be used instead of an actual visit, though please see below our proposed site visit list showing the wide impact that the Covers Farm infill would have. Some KCC planning decisions have been going ahead without site visits. Let’s hope that this won’t be the case here. Questions to KCC April 2020

For more background to  Covers Farm please click here.

KWGRG’s appeal for funds

We’re still trying to raise 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 protect Westerham’s Green Belt and to prevent the town from becoming a building site for 20 years.

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