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Covers Farm Infill decision in February or later

The Kent County Council Planning Applications Committee are likely to make a decision on the Covers Farm quarry application early in 2022, but no sooner than 9th February. This is because there needs to be adequate time after Christmas for the Committee report to be circulated.

During the October  2021 site meeting involving Kent County Council Planning Committee members, planning officers, KCC Cllr Nick Chard and quarry owner Henry Warde, the complexities of the application were acknowledged. 

At the recent Keep Westerham Green AGM Nick Chard said that correspondence between KCC and key consultees had been going back and forth (see item below).

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

Keep Westerham Green’s 2021 AGM

On 24th November there was a good attendance at Keep Westerham Green’s 4th AGM via Zoom followed by a general meeting. Thank you to all attendees. The King George Playing Field Redevelopment proposals, Covers Farm and the Sevenoaks District Local Plan were all discussed. We were lucky enough to have input from the elected councillors best placed to advise on these issues. Please see the Draft Minutes below.

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 Update

Sevenoaks Districts December ‘In Shape’ magazine has a useful update  on the Local Plan. Click below to read this.  Local_Plan_SDC_In_Shape_Dec_2021

At Keep Westerham Green’s AGM on 24th November District Councillor Diana Esler briefed the meeting on SDC’s progress. Read more 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.

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