Brasted and Sundridge: implications of the Covers Farm infill

Worsening pollution in an existing hotspot

The A25 running through Brasted and Sundridge is a DEFRA Air Quality Monitoring Area for NO2 (see map above). The 100 additional lorry movements each day will worsen this air pollution. A particular hotspot is the Brasted chicane next to the Chart Lane/A25 junction. Here annual average NO2 concentrations persistently exceed the Air Quality Strategy objective, as you can see in this table:


Monitoring point
2015201620172018 
DT 85-Chart Lane Brasted48.351.143.943.7
Air Quality Strategy Objective                  40
Sevenoaks District Council 2019 Air Quality Annual Status Report (ASR)  Nitrogen Dioxide monitoring results for Brasted Chart Lane/A25 junction   Annual average NO2 concentrations in μgm per m3

Noise and vibration

Up to 100 tipper trucks to-ing and fro-ing each day where residential properties lie close to the highway. (At one point in Brasted, dwellings are 1.4 metres from the carriageway.) This will result in more disturbance, and in some instances more damage to property for the householders here.

Damage to Heritage Assets

The Covers Farm lorries would pass through Brasted’s and Sundridge’s Conservation Area. Please see details of the Listed Buildings below.

Traffic congestion

There is significant on-street parking in both Brasted and Sundridge

At places in Brasted the carriageway is particularly narrow. At the level of the Almshouses, between the parking bays and the pavement opposite it is merely 5.3 metres.

At other points in Brasted High Street the bollards prevent off-street parking, with the result that any vehicle stopping for a drop off or a delivery results in a hold-up.

Sevenoaks District objected on the grounds of worsened air quality, noise, vibration and harm to residential amenity.

To read Sevenoaks District Council’s objection to the application, please click below. SDC_21_00239_KCCRG3-OBJECTION_-_KCC-2581644DOWNLOAD

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