Keeping you informed… what’s happening over the summer…

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

We have promised to ‘keep you informed’ of events which may affect the future of Westerham. Many of you came to the Public Meeting held on 24th May to hear the Leader of Sevenoaks District Council explain the Local Plan they are putting together and how, and when, you as residents, will be able to make your views known. Many more of you have asked to be kept informed via email.
As your elected representatives – and as a body which will be consulted on any planning matters – we must at this stage remain neutral. But equally it is important that we know our residents’ views so that we can better represent them.
SDC have stated that in planning developments in the District, they will continue to protect the Green Belt. In order to do so they will:
• Agree that new housing will need to be built at higher densities, within existing town and village boundaries
• Allow ‘brownfield’ land in the Green Belt to be sustainably developed
• Look at cases where a convincing ‘exceptional circumstances’ case can be made in accordance with national policy
This is important to Westerham as we understand that Squerryes Estate is putting forward an ‘exceptional case’ for the building of some 600 houses on Green Belt land to fund a by-pass.
Your Town Council does not yet have the details of this case, but expects to see them in early August when they should be published for all to see.
This could have a substantial effect on Westerham. Once it has further information, your Council will both hold a further Public Meeting alongside the ‘drop-in’ sessions SDC plan to hold and follow that up with a poll of every household in Westerham. The results of this poll will not only enable your Council to better understand and represent the community’s views, but will also be important information for Sevenoaks District Council as they continue to draft their plan.So please watch out for further information during August and September – we will continue to ‘keep you informed’ when we know more.