End-of-November 2021 Planning Updates

 

Stop press: KWG’s 2021 AGM 

At the AGM last Wednesday members voted Jenny Cowan as Chair, Sharon Lord as Secretary and Yvonne Tullett as Treasurer for the forthcoming year. The minutes will appear on this website shortly. A big thank you to all those who attended.

The general meeting that followed ranged over various topics: Westerham Town Council’s proposals for the redevelopment of the King George Field (see below); progress with Sevenoaks District Council’s emerging Local Plan again, see below) and what’s in prospect with regard to the Covers Farm Quarry application.  

King George Playing Field: a trim trail, skatepark, MUGA and improved parking – see the plans below!

This link takes you to the detailed proposals  KIng_George_Field

Westerham Town Council are still interested in hearing your views on their proposals for the improvements.
If you haven’t done so already, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7DPWHWF It’s very easy.
 

Sevenoaks District Local Plan for Housing moving forward again

At Wednesday’s AGM District Councillor Diana Esler briefed us on SDC’s progress with the Local Plan 2015-2035 Draft Local Plan (the plan that determines where houses will go for the next 15 years). Read more here.

 

Covers Farm Infill decision in the New Year

It is fairly likely that the Kent County Council Planning Applications Committee will make a decision on the Covers Farm quarry application, either at their meeting on 12th January or at the one on 9th February 2022.

Following the site meeting in October, involving committee members, Kent County Council planning officers, KCC Cllr Nick Chard and Henry Warde, the complexities of the application were acknowledged.

At the recent AGM Nick Chard said that correspondence between KCC and key consultees was still going back and forth. 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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