This afternoon SDC Development Control Committee voted to approve the application, with a few preconditions
The Force Green Lane Doggie Day Care Centre application was approved this evening by 9 votes to 8, with the Sevenoaks District Planning Control Committee chair casting the deciding vote. 20/01170/FUL – Land South of Force Green Farm, Force Green Lane, Westerham TN16 2DN. The conversion and change of use of an existing agricultural building and land to a dog day care business (sui generis). The site is located near the base of Westerham Hill.
Sevenoaks District Council Planning Team had recommended approval.
You can see tonight’s meeting at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClT1f_F5OfvTzxjZk6Zqn6g
Approval subject to conditions:
KCC Highways had already set out preconditions involving 1) alterations to the Force Lane junction 2) signage and 3) a ‘Travel Plan’ intended to reduce the number of private vehicle on site. Councillors’ observations highlighted how unspecific / enforceable these conditions were at the moment. One councillor asked why Kent Highways had not consulted Westerham Town Council on the potential highway hazard.
Sevenoaks Environmental Health Officer had already required a more effective Noise Management Plan as another pre-condition. Answers were not particularly convincing from Mr Cassalis, the CEO of Bruce’s Doggie Day Care this evening.
Another pre-condition was voted in tonight: a limit on the number of dogs to 130. This felt like a bit of a fig leaf given the extent of disquiet about the lack of evidence presented on satisfactory noise abatement and concerns about the number of extra rush hour vehicle movements. District Councillors Esler, Maskell and Westerham Town Councillor Cohen spoke well on these issues.
The 75 objections and total absence of supporting letters were mentioned this evening.
You can read the full details of the application here .
Force Green Lane junction with Biggin Hill Road – proposed change to access and exit in Appl. 20/01170/FUL. Note: Inbound and Outbound are wrongly labelled
Bloomfield Terrace Four New Houses Rejected by SDC
Read more about this by clicking here.
Work on M25 continues until November
You will have heard the late-night work that started 29th June on the M25 clockwise carriageway between junction 5 Sevenoaks to junction 6 Godstone, which is due to finish by November 2020. These works are to strengthen the embankment.
Phase 1 – Piling works: Access from M25 for approximately five weeks, from June to
July. Some work will take place during the day and there will also be some overnight
Phase 2 – Verge works: Access from M25 for approximately seven weeks, from
August to September. The work will take place during the day.
Phase 3 – Embankment earth and drainage works: Access from Water Lane, for
approximately nine weeks from August to the end of October. No closures are
required, but traffic on Water Lane will be busier.
Residents in the area have apparently been sent a letter about the works. The initial overnight works may generate some noise, but noise levels will be monitored and the work carried out in a way that minimises disturbance as much as possible.
If you have any questions about this work please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, available 24 hours a day.
KWG extends its thanks to the Tatsfield Parish Council Magazine Jul-Aug 2020 for this summary.
The Tandridge District Council Local Plan 2033
The Planning Inspector will put further questions to Tandridge Council about the bid for money to improve the M25 Junction 6 . He will do this before finally publishing his final Report. To see the letter about this please click below.
To read more about the bid for funds to improve M25 Junction 6 (in connection with the proposed housing development at Godstone), please click here.
The Covers Farm Quarry Proposal
For the latest information on Covers Farm please click here.
KWGRG’s appeal for funds
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