No Covers Farm decision before July

 Possibly a hearing in July

Owing to Kent County Council planning officer holiday schedules, the Coves Farm application (KCC/SE/0495/2018) will not go to the June Planning Applications meeting. This leaves only the July 20th meeting for a decision before the summer recess.

If 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.

For information about the ‘temporary’ haul road please click here.

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

Tackling Westerham’s litter problem

WTC, Keep Westerham Green and the National Trust described how they have been running tidying-up  initiatives in the area. Keep Westerham Green has prepared this video showing the extent of the littering. 

Have your say on the Environmental Policy

Westerham Town Council is eager to hear your ideas on how we can all improve the eco-profile of the town.  Please call in to the Council Offices (Next to the Doctor’s surgery) to pick up a suggestions form.

Update on the Sevenoaks Local Plan

Cllr Diana Esler had requested an update on where we are with the Sevenoaks Local Plan. SDC’s Stategic Planning Manager provided a statement that you can read below.

Where are we with the Sevenoaks Local Plan

Maybe June or July for Covers Farm, but the autumn more likely 

Kent County Council-appointed engineers wish to meet the Squerryes Estate to discuss the Covers Farm application. KCC planners therefore see no possibility of a decision on the application (KCC/SE/0495/2018) before  June, July or even the autumn. The planners want to be sure that they have exercised their duty of care in scrutinising this complex proposal before putting it to a decision. 

If 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.

For information about the ‘temporary’ haul road please click here.

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.

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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