Sevenoaks Lead Councillor alleges Government bullying over Plan

Inspector alleges Duty to Cooperate failings over unmet housing need

There has been a further exchange of letters between the Inspector and Sevenoaks District Council.
The Inspector wants Sevenoaks to withdraw their  draft Plan over the Duty to Cooperate issue, accusing them of being very slow to ask neighbouring authorities if they could meet the Council’ s projected unmet housing need.
Sevenoaks have made a spirited response, asking why the Inspector didn’t bring this up sooner.
Please read the Inspector’s 28th October letter here          ED40_Inspector_s_letter_to_SDC
and Sevenoaks’ response here .          TBC_1___SDC_inital_response_31_10_19_letter.

Tarmac and Berkeley Homes troubled by Inspector’s tough line

Two prospective developers have written to the Inspectorate challenging the Inspector’s severity towards Sevenoaks’ alleged failure to comply legally over the Duty to Cooperate aspect.
Tarmac says that it respects the Inspector’s expressed view but that it’s surprised that the identified remedy is either non-adoption or withdrawal of the Plan.  Tarmac is sponsoring the Bat and Ball Quarry development in Sevenoaks.  Read this here:
Berkeley Homes think that Sevenoaks’ Duty to Cooperate measures were legally compliant, but they urge the Inspector to recommend a modification that would bring back the sites omitted from the draft Plan.  Read this here:


Sevenoaks District Council posted these letters on their site last Wednesday.

Lead Councillor lashes out in Chronicle

Sevenoaks Chronicle 07.11.19
Sevenoaks Chronicle 07.11.19
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What the Inspector said earlier about the “Duty to Cooperate”

You can read the Inspector’s earlier note here   ED37_Inspector_s_Letter_17.10.19_ (4)

Read Sevenoaks response to this note here

TBC01_SDC_Response_to_Inspector_21_October_2019 (2)

See the Council’s  Duty to Cooperate Addendum below here

DTC02_Addendum_to_Duty_to_Co_operate_Statement__21_October_2019_ (1)


Excluded developers were challenging the Plan in any case

Developers whose proposed sites have not been included in the draft Plan have been challenging SDC’s approach at every turn. Squerryes are among them. More about Squerryes’ Statements and the full range of Examination Hearing documents here.


Squerryes request yet more time on Covers Farm. Consultation now ends on 21st November

Squerryes’ holding company making the application for restoring Covers Farm have asked Kent County Council Minerals and  Waste for yet more time. Please note that Kent County Council have extended the consultation on this until  21st November 2019. The Planning Application Number is  KCC/SE/0223/2019.      Read more here.

Tandridge Local Plan hearings

You can view each of the day’s proceedings at

The Moorhouse site was discussed on Day 3 in the afternoon.

NB: Please click here to read about the changed schedule

Topics still to be heard: the proposed South Godstone  Village and Tandridge’s Green Belt Review.


Site of the former Moorhouse Tileworks, earmarked by Tandridge District Council in its Draft Local Plan for removal from the Green Belt and identified as a Strategic Employment Site.

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