Sevenoaks District New Local Plan 2040: have your say now

Please comment on Sevenoaks District Council’s proposal for the New Local Plan 2040. Here is the link:

https://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/plan2040

Consultation opens today 16th November and runs for 8 weeks until 11th January.

SDC claim that they are not considering any Green Belt release at this stage. They say the new plan proposes that most new developments should be constructed within existing built-up areas. SDC describe how their Development Strategy focuses on making the best and most efficient use of land in our existing settlements. The Plan features three overarching themes: Health and Wellbeing, Net Zero and Delivering Design Excellence.

They have two ways you can respond: 1) a short survey with a selection of key questions, or 2) a full survey covering every policy area in the plan. You can answer as many or as few questions as you like.

You can view and comment on the Plan 2040 document at http://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/plan2040, where you will also find a consultation video and a downloadable version of the Plan 2040 Summary pamphlet.

Hard copies of the document, as well as paper questionnaires, are available at Sevenoaks District Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG or at WEsterham Town Council Chambers in Russell House (above the doctors’ surgery) or at Westerham Library in the London Road.

The SDC Strategic Planning Team are runing a number of drop in sessions about the Plan 2040:

  • Edenbridge – Wednesday 30 November 2022 – 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 8pm – Edenbridge Leisure Centre, Stangrove Park, TN8 5LU
  • Sevenoaks – Tuesday 6 December 2022 – 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 8pm – Sevenoaks District Council Offices, Argyle Road, TN13 1HG
  • Online (via Zoom) – Wednesday 4 January 2023 – 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 8pm. A link to the Zoom meeting will be published on this page nearer the time. 

Doggie Day Care Force Green

In April 2020 Sevenoaks District Council approved Bruce’s Doggie Day Care application at Force Green (20/01170/FUL) The conversion and change of use of an existing agricultural building and land to a dog day care business (sui generis) subject to several Conditions. The applicant has addressed all of them except for Condition 8, the Scheme of Works. This is known as Case No: 22/02996/DETAIL

Case No: 22/02996/DETAIL Removing vegetation, but where’s the noise mitigation?

Bruce’s withdrew their first Condition 8 response but have now come up with one that combines a previously covered topic, Condition 4 Hard and Soft Landscaping (which had already been approved).

Our comment: the new proposal to remove vegetation negates the response to Conditon 5, Noise Management, which had already been approved.

Junction havoc: large construction trucks, then customer traffic

You will see the proposed changes to the turning arrangements at the Force Green Lane junction with the London Road (national speed limit) in the applicant’s plan.

Kent Highways have approved Bruce’s layout and they must now stick to it (under Section 278 of the Highways 1980 Highways Act).

Force Green: what do you think?

Sevenoaks District Planning Control are not inviting comment at this point in time, but if you have local insights regarding this proposal, we suggest that in any case you contact Mr James Sperryn. Principal Planning Officer. Sevenoaks District Council. Argyle Road. Sevenoaks. TN13 1HG.

Covers Farm (KCC/SE/0495/2018)

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

For information about the ‘temporary’ haul road please click here.

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.

The application states that there is no intention to route the lorries through Oxted or Limpsfield or to have access to the quarry via the existing entrance. 

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

Tandridge District’s Local Plan 2033

For all the recent updates on correspondence between Tandridge’s Planning Inspector and the Council, click here  Local Plan 2033 – Tandridge District Council

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.

£10.00

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