Westerham: 600 houses go forward into consultation this July

Please, if you can, join us at the Sevenoaks District Council Planning Advisory Committee meeting, Council Offices Argyle Rd., 7pm Tuesday 19th. Together let’s show some solidarity against the inclusion of WWW in the draft Local Plan.

On 12th June Sevenoaks District Council published the papers that will be put to their Planning Advisory Committee next Tuesday at 7pm Argyle Road Sevenoaks.

The Which Way Westerham sites will go forward into the consultation beginning next month (please see the inset below):
HO371 south of Farley Lane
HO372 north of Farley Lane, but extending westward right up to the Covers Farm sandpit
HO373 east of the Croydon Road
HO374 south and east of Madan Road/Ash Road.
SDC indicate that the number of dwellings on each of these sites could be higher than those stated at the January WWW Emerging Masterplan exhibition, though the overall indicative number across the four residential sites still totals 600 dwellings.

The following sites will not go into the consultation: the land east of Hosey Hill, ‘Ralwin‘, and the land east of Court Lodge Barn.

The Wolfe Garage site will be under consultation as a potential employment site.

The briefing report published with these papers says that these sites are ‘potentially to be taken forward in the draft Local Plan’ because they ‘conform to the SDC’s development strategy’, about which they need ‘more information to confirm the allocation e.g. AONB impact, heritage, AQMA, biodiversity etc.’

The Draft Local Plan Consultation will begin on Monday 19th July and end on Monday 10th September.

There will be no household survey during this consultation, just drop in sessions organised by SDC.

However, we would urge each and every resident to write a robust letter to Richard Morris, SDC’s Chief Planning Officer Richard.morris@sevenoaks.gov.uk setting out what they think about this proposed grab of the Green Belt that protects the characteristic green open space around Westerham, that protects the town from merging into an expanding Biggin Hill and Bromley LB, and that prevents the urbanisation of the Kent Downs AONB with the building of a road and the scale of development.

Haven’t got time to write a letter? Please try to attend the Sevenoaks District Planning Advisory Committee meeting where committee members will recommend that all this goes forward to the SDC Cabinet for sign off into the draft Local Plan consultation. 7pm Tuesday 19th, at the SDC Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks. We urge you to join us there.

You can find the full range of papers published in connection with the draft Local Plan ahead of the SDC Planning Advisory Committee Meeting (Please look under Item 7 and note that there’s a link to 16 further papers).

More information coming on this website soon.

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.

A £10 donation via PayPal using a Debit or Credit Card.



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