Covers Farm planning application

Posted on Oct 31, 2018


Westerham Town Council has received a number of enquiries about a planning application from Squerryes Estate for the restoration of the Covers Farm sandpit.

We understand that the latest application to restore the site has been discussed with KCC but is not yet released for consultation, but is expected shortly. When it is open to consultation WTC will be taking professional advice and consulting with our community and neighbours.

Public concerns arising from earlier proposals and implications for the WWW planning application include:

  • The import of 800,000 cu m of infill from areas beyond Kent which would impact not only on Westerham but our neighbours to the North, East and West.
  • The length of time it would take to import such quantities of infill – some 5 to 6 years of up to 100 lorry movements a day has been mentioned. This is in conflict with the WWW house building phasing and its linked guarantee to build a relief road.
  • The location of a ‘temporary haul road’ between the London Road & Croydon Road which would pass very close to Churchill Primary School
  • The independently proven necessity to reinforce the northern embankment to support the proposed relief road under the WWW proposals

WWW proposals have met with considerable opposition from Westerham residents, as did the proposal some years ago from the Squerryes Estate to use the Covers Farm site for inert waste disposal.

It is against this background that WTC will examine the application and as ever will Keep You Informed.