Mirror allegation: Tandridge Garden Village site had links to landbanking scammer

Mirror journalist Andrew Penman has some murky revelations about the ownership of Tandridge District Council's controversial site for the 4000 house development. Please click below. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/conman-69million-land-investment-scam-13588680 Tandridge District Council is the planning authority concerned with the Moorhouse Parcel Depot application. For more details please see the home page at http://www.keepwesterhamgreen.co.uk

WTC’s final objection to the Moorhouse Parcel Depot

Westerham Town Council have produced an all encompassing final objection to this autumn's Moorhouse parcel SuperDepot application. You can see it by clicking below here. WTC-objection-final You will find Keep Westerham Green's response to the Moorhouse Depot consultation on the Moorhouse Objections page of this site. Please remember KWG's AGM on Thursday 15th November 7:30pm… Continue reading WTC’s final objection to the Moorhouse Parcel Depot

Objections to the third Moorhouse Parcel Depot application 2018

The official deadline for the Moorhouse Depot consultation elapsed on 13th Oct. However Tandridge District Council Planning said that they would accept comments up until mid-November. There have been unsubstantiated rumours that they would not consider material after 31st October. It is possible that a decision will be made on Moorhouse at one of the… Continue reading Objections to the third Moorhouse Parcel Depot application 2018

Opposition to WWW from AONB and Natural England

Both Natural England (the non-departmental government body that protects our natural environment) and the Kent Downs AONB were highly critical of Which Way Westerham during this summer's consultation. Both were worried about the landscape impact of such a large-scale development. Being concerned with Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Natural England would want to see very… Continue reading Opposition to WWW from AONB and Natural England

Our Town Council gets some answers from ‘Which Way Westerham’

Westerham Town Council had a had a number of concerns and queries, some shared by residents, on a range of points that the Emerging Masterplan and' Which Way Westerham' FAQs had thrown up. The meeting took place on 23rd May. The two parties have only just reached agreement on the minutes. Please find these at… Continue reading Our Town Council gets some answers from ‘Which Way Westerham’

Westerham: a huge and harmful sacrifice of Green Belt and AONB

In Thursday's Sevenoaks Chronicle (see below) Councillor Robert Piper, the Planning boss, claims that SDC is determined to keep the landscape unchanged across the whole District. But the few sacrifices being proposed are disproportionate. Of the 400 sites originally submitted to SDC only 12 greenfield sites involving large developments are being included in the forthcoming… Continue reading Westerham: a huge and harmful sacrifice of Green Belt and AONB

Green Belt versus housing needs: the political parties make their pitch

Keep Westerham Green

The need for housing and the challenge of preserving the Green Belt was discussed by representatives from the main political parties* in this week’s Sevenoaks Chronicle. (Please see the article below).

For example, Seamus McCauley, a prospective Labour candidates for the Sevenoaks District Council elections next year, said that the District should challenge the Government on the housebuilding target number.

By contrast, Robert Piper, SDC Tory Councillor with the Planning portfolio, ramped up the pressure by saying that the Government wants SDC to increase its annual building by 300%+.

In boasting about the Tories’ record on Green Belt protection, Cllr. Piper evoked the green idyll of the Darent Valley, not in Westerham, but in the Farningham and Eynsford areas. These wards will remain unchanged because there will be absolutely no development on any scale for them in the Local Plan. Something to remember when people mention ‘allocations’ around the District.

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Our First Village Clean-up: the Chronicle Reports

Last week's Sevenoaks Chronicle (pages 12 and 26) reported on our May 21st tidy-up around Madan Rd, Hartley Rd and Ash Rd. We were described as "a campaigning group aiming to protect the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which Westerham lies within." They described how Which Way Westerham proposes to change the… Continue reading Our First Village Clean-up: the Chronicle Reports

Green Belt versus housing needs: the political parties make their pitch

The need for housing and the challenge of preserving the Green Belt was discussed by representatives from the main political parties* in this week’s Sevenoaks Chronicle. (Please see the article below). For example, Seamus McCauley, a prospective Labour candidates for the Sevenoaks District Council elections next year, said that the District should challenge the Government… Continue reading Green Belt versus housing needs: the political parties make their pitch