Westerham’s views on Which Way Westerham

Posted on Oct 31, 2017

Westerham Town Council asked for the views of those in Westerham – living or working on ‘Which Way Westerham’, the concept promoted by Squerryes to provide ‘600 homes in new neighbourhoods, together with a relief road to divert the A25 around the town centre, with environmental and landscape improvements , new green public open spaces, community facilities and extensions to Common Land’

741 completed questionnaires were returned by the closing date of 20th October, some 37% of Westerham’s 2,016 households.

Of these 105 (14%) supported the concept with 636 (86%) opposing. 

Of equal importance to the Council are the comments made by respondents. Both those supporting and those opposing the concept shared a number of common concerns, as will be seen below:-

From those supporting the concept, the most frequent comments were:

  • infrastructure needed must come first
  • traffic congestion could worsen albeit pollution could be reduced
  • 600 houses was too many
  • housing should be affordable and/or for Westerham people only
  • a by-pass is essential
  • greater detail of the concept is needed
  • development should not be in Green Belt.

Those opposing the concept, the most frequent comments were:

  • the infrastructure i.e. Doctors and schools was not sufficient
  • flooding could be a problem
  • 600 houses was too many
  • it would destroy the character of Westerham
  • the development would create too much traffic and congestion especially to the north of the town
  • the bypass was not necessary
  • the Green Belt and ancient woodland should be protected
  • there was insufficient parking now
  • the bypass would adversely affect the businesses
  • there was not enough detail to comment fully.

In launching the survey, Westerham Town Council said that it wanted to know the views of its residents and businesses, so that it could represent them with certainty, and before the Local Plan process moves on.

The Council will now be presenting these views to Sevenoaks District Council and will, as ever, continue to watch carefully the next phase of the Local Plan, and will continue to Keep you Informed.

The Council will be formally discussing the outcome of the survey at its next meeting.

 

31st October 2017

 

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