HAVE YOUR SAY - Consultations, Surveys and Questionnaires

Here you will find links to Consultations and Questionnaires that will allow you to have your say in shaping the future of our community and environment and Green Belt.

COMMUNITY

SDC Local Plan - Final Consultation; Final Phase of Consultation opened on 18 Dec 2018 and closed on 3 Feb 2019. Click here to view public responses to the Final Consultation

On 30 April 2019, SDC submitted the Local Plan to the Governnment Planning Inspector for consideration. Click here to view the announcement

NEW On 3 June 2019, the Secretary of State appointed Inspector Karen Baker DipTP MA DipMP MRTPI to carry out the independent examination of the Sevenoaks Local Plan. She will determine whether it has been prepared in accordance with the relevant legal requirements and that it is ‘sound’ i.e. positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.
The Inspector is currently appraising the Local Plan and reading the representations received in response to the invitation to comment on the Local Plan. This is likely to take several weeks and I will be in contact again when I am able to give you further information on the examination process and key dates. Information on the examination is posted on the examination web pages of the Sevenoaks Council website. The easiest way to keep in touch with the progress of the examination is to click on the link below and then on the Latest News and Updates tab.
https://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/localplanexamination
The contact throughout the examination process is Louise St John Howe, Programme Officer, PO Services, PO Box 10965, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 3BF
Email: louise@poservices.co.uk; Phone: 07789-486419
The final decision to approve the Local Plan will be taken by the Planning Inspector at a public examination in 2019.

Fort Halstead site development consultation

A new planning application is being prepared to bring forward a comprehensive mixed-use regeneration of the Fort Halstead site.
Click here for full details

Halstead Parish Council: Neighbourhood Plan

Halstead Parish Council is looking to develop a Neighbourhood Plan which would give our community statutory powers to shape how we develop. 

The first step of the plan is to have our area designated - to show which areas this plan will and won’t cover. This designation has to be consulted on by the community via Sevenoaks District Council and that is currently underway. To make an comment please find the consultation here. 

The neighbourhood plan takes a lot of work to develop. The development will be led by the Parish council but will need parishioners help and input to build a fully formed and well rounded plan that suits the entire neighbourhood. 

If you think you’d like to help in any way then please contact the clerk and let her know. 

ENVIRONMENT AND GREEN BELT

NEW The High Weald AONB Partnership, which includes the 15 local planning authorities with land in the AONB, has drafted a Design Guide for new housing development in the High Weald. Once adopted, the Guide will be a material consideration in the determining of planning applications within the High Weald AONB.

The Design Guide gives succinct, practical and consistent advice on design expectations for new housing development within the High Weald AONB. This will enable higher quality and landscape-led design that reflects intrinsic High Weald character and is embedded with a true sense of place, without stifling innovation and creativity.

Details of the Consultation are here, and paper copies are also available to view in the Borough/District Council and High Weald AONB Partnership offices. 

The Design Guide is the subject of an eight-week period of formal public consultation from Wednesday 19 June until Wednesday 14 August 2019. Representations on this document should be received no later than midnight on Wednesday 14 August 2019.

Access to the online consultation form is here.

The Guide and Supporting guidance documents are below:
Draft Design Guide
Community Involvement Guidance
Strategic Environmental Assessment: Screening Report
Design Policies

If you prefer to email your response please send it to info@highweald.org or by post to High Weald AONB Partnership, Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road, Flimwell, TN5 7PR. 

Please do not send your response to the local authority as it may not be registered.

 Should you have any queries relating to this consultation, please contact Claire Tester at Claire.tester@highweald.org or 01424 723018