Local Plan Inspector appointed and dialogue begins with SDC

STOP PRESS: Westerham Tidy Up this Monday 22nd July at 10 am. Meet us in the Town Council Offices next to the Doctors’ surgery.  Tea and cake afterwards.

The SDC Local Plan Examination begins

The Government has appointed a Planning Inspector to conduct the Examination of the Sevenoaks Draft Local Plan. All the documents on this can be found at http://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/localplanexamination

The Inspector has started to look through the Draft Plan and has already put some questions for clarification to Sevenoaks Planners.

Here is the Sevenoaks Chronicle’s article on this.


Here is a list of the Planning Inspector’s questions and SDC’s answers:


As already stated, you will find a complete list of the documents connected with this at

We don’t have any dates for the hearings for the Examination but expect that they will be held in the autumn of this year. We do know however that they will take place at SDC Council Offices in Argyle Road.

The Sevenoaks District Planning Policy Team can be contacted at planning.policy@sevenoaks.gov.uk or on 01732 227000.

KWG’s observation: Squerryes said that they would appeal the decision to exclude WWW. You can read more about this here.

The stabilisation/restoration of Covers Farm
A Kent CC Planning Committee decision on this application cannot occur before September 2019. The KCC officer now in charge of the application has forwarded requests to Morants Promotions (Squerryes) from 1) Highways England 2) Natural England and 3) The Environment Agency for more information about the proposal. Each of these organisations has said that they cannot comment until they have this. This information may well form the basis for a further 30-day public consultation. This is why the decision could not possibly be made before the autumn.

DPD Depot refused, but now it depends on the Planning Inspector
Roxhill’s Developments Ltd’s third application to construct a parcel depot at the Moorhouse site was refused at the March 7th Tandridge Council Planning Committee meeting. By a margin of one vote councillors decided that the development would harm the Green Belt. But now everything depends on the Planning Inspector who will examine the Tandridge Local Plan this September. The Inspector may support Tandridge District’s choice of Moorhouse as one of their strategic employment sites, overturning the grounds for refusing permission. See “STOP PRESS” below for more on this.

You can read an account of the Tandridge Planning committee meeting by clicking here. The link also takes you to Tandridge’s refusal letter.
You can see the camcorder recording of the Parcel Depot application section of the meeting by clicking on the link below.

STOP PRESS: Click here for an update on the forthcoming Tandridge Local Plan Examination.

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.

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.

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