A Happy New Year to all our readers.
Local Plan consultation just closed
Consultation on the Sevenoaks District Council Local Plan 2040 first Regulation 18 Consultation (Urban Confines) has now closed. You can still see what was being proposed, and soon you should be able to see the responses at https://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/plan2040 A second Reg 18 consultation is scheduled for this autumn. It will focus on the Green Belt sites being put forward in the District.
General Meeting – Local Plan
At the Keep Westerham Green General Meeting on 5th January we discussed the intensified densities proposed by SDC within the district’s towns (ie not on Green Belt) and what the impact might be (most probably limited) on the three small identified sites in Westerham, but also the possible effect on any future windfall sites.
We also discussed the consultation’s stated vision for Westerham and the six specific projects set out in the survey. Attendees found much to criticise regarding the practicability of the streetscape, and it was acknowledged that the London Road Development Opportunity had been superseded by the recent renovation of the George and Dragon. Comments from the meeting have been incorporated into KWG’s response to the Reg 18 survey just closed. Below, you can read Westerham Town Council’s letter sent to the Chief Planning Officer prior to the consultation.
Our campaign to save Westerham’s Green Belt from massive housing development will gear up towards the autumn. We will need your help, and as ever, we truly appreciate the support you give us.
General Meeting – Covers Farm
The update on Covers Farm described how Kent County Council Planners are still in discussion with the applicant on issues concerning water and drainage.
Keep Westerham Green will keep you posted when a date for the big decision hearing at Maidstone County Hall is announced.
General Meeting – Doggie Day Care
There was also an update on the Force Green Doggie Day Care application, which was approved in 2021 but subject to eight conditions. Two have not as yet been met by the applicant.
Keep Westerham Green 5th AGM
At the AGM Jenny Cowan was re-elected Chair and Sharon Lord as Membership Secretary. After five years of meticulous work, Yvonne Tullett has stepped down as Treasurer, but Mike Pendleton has stepped up to the role and was elected with a a show of hands. John Warren will continue as a Committee Member.
A big thank you to all those who attended, especially WTC Councillor and Planning and Development Committee Chair, Nick Robson, SDC Ward Councillor and Health and Housing Portfolio holder, Kevin Maskell and SDC Ward Councillor Diana Esler.
Click to see the 5th AGM draft minutes.
WTC’s reservations about the Local Plan WST1 projects
Regarding the SDC Local Plan Reg 18 Urban Confines Westerham proposal, the Town Council objected earlier to the the mews houses on the George and Dragon pub car park and the narrowing of the High Street carriageway. They also challenged the suggestion that they have the capacity to raise funds for the projects and the proposed 5-year implementation timescale. Read their letter to the Chief Planning Officer below.
Covers Farm (KCC/SE/0495/2018)
The Covers Farm application is still under consideration. Kent County Council Planners are still in discussion with the applicant on issues concerning water and drainage.
If it is 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.
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.
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