Walk with Keep Westerham Green during May 6th Beating the Bounds

Keep Westerham Green walking together this May Bank Holiday Monday
Walk with Keep Westerham Green along the beautiful North Downs during the early Spring Bank Holiday May 6th. The walk is approximately 3 and a half miles. Approx. timing: 1-2 hours.

We shall meet at the Wolfe Garage Bus stop at 10:15 am (on the garage side of the road) to catch the Number 246 Bus up to The Avenue. Please note: the bus takes credit and debit cards only.

Join us on this lovely 3 and-a-half-mile stretch of the annual Beating the Bounds walk. There are great views of the AONB landscape from the North Downs. We descend to Charmans Farm, and then back across King George’s Playing Field to Westerham Green. (Or you can divert to the Westerham Brewery).

This walk is child-friendly and also great for well-behaved dogs, with only one ascent, and it’s the prettiest part of the Westerham Beating the Bounds event.

Annual Town Public Meeting Bids Farewell to Long-serving Councillors

At the April 10th Westerham Annual Town Meeting residents said Farewell to the six councillors who are standing down, including some who have devoted decades to serving our community. They are Chairman Alan Wesley; Planning Committee Chair Philip Ashley; long-serving councillor David le Breton; Hannah Marsh; Neil Proudfoot and Anthony Holman. Election of the new Town Council Chair and Vice Chair will take place at the Annual Council Meeting 7:30 pm 13th May.

At the meeting there was an introduction to the five candidates who put themselves forward and who will now be elected unopposed (because there are more council vacancies than candidates).

WWW and the Sevenoaks Local Plan
Sevenoaks District planners have recommended that the Which Way Westerham proposal (600 houses a bypass and an employment area) be dropped from the Regulation 19 version of the new Local Plan. Councillors have voted overwhelmingly to agree the submission of this version for the Planning Inspector’s examination. This will most likely take place in the autumn of this year at the earliest.

The stabilisation/restoration of Covers Farm
A Kent CC Planning Committee decision on this application cannot occur before September 2019. The KCC officer now in charge of the application has forwarded requests to Morants Promotions (Squerryes) from 1) Highways England 2) Natural England and 3) The Environment Agency for more information about the proposal. Each of these organisations has said that they cannot comment until they have this. This information may well form the basis for a further 30-day public consultation. This is why the decision could not possibly be made before the autumn.

DPD Depot refused, but now it depends on the Planning Inspector
Roxhill’s Developments Ltd’s third application to construct a parcel depot at the Moorhouse site was refused at the March 7th Tandridge Council Planning Committee meeting. By a margin of one vote councillors decided that the development would harm the Green Belt. But now everything depends on the Planning Inspector who will examine the Tandridge Local Plan this September. The Inspector may support Tandridge District’s choice of Moorhouse as one of their strategic employment sites, overturning the grounds for refusing permission. See “STOP PRESS” below for more on this.

You can read an account of the Tandridge Planning committee meeting by clicking here. The link also takes you to Tandridge’s refusal letter.
You can see the camcorder recording of the Parcel Depot application section of the meeting by clicking on the link below.

STOP PRESS: Click here for an update on the forthcoming Tandridge Local Plan Examination.

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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