Great Attendance at the Public Meeting!

The public meeting on 13th July 2018 was very well attended - circa 150 people from local residents, all interested and shocked to hear about the TMBC Draft Local Plan proposal.

Local resident, Philippa Parker and Councillor for Wrotham PC, followed by Moderator Councillor Wendy Palmer, Platt PC & Local Committee Member CPRE, began the meeting, followed by the 3 speakers, TMBC Councillor & Wrotham PC - Robin Betts, Chairman Wrotham PC & Honorary Secretary for CPRE - Pete Gill and KCC Councillor & Wrotham PC - Harry Rayner, who delivered their speeches, welcomed by the public.

Public Question Time was greeted by many questions and the meeting closed before 9pm.

Read More - The Minutes...

The New Tonbridge & Malling Draft Local Plan, June 2018

3,000-4,000 New Homes are planned to be built on your Metropolitan Green Belt & Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); taking on part of Sevenoaks District Council's quota as they have refused to take on "their share"

Two primary schools are to be created - 1 x TWO FORM ENTRY - that means 2x30 pupils and 1 x THREE FORM ENTRY - that means 3x30 - just 150 children to be catered for - to support an extra 3,000-4,000 more home owners, who may have more than 1 child?

The draft advises on Areas of Oustanding Natural Beauty (Clause 4.8.4 and 4.8.5) that TMBC contain 2 types of AONB - Kent Downs and the High Weald AONB and these designations are there for the importance of their landscape. Government policy is to conserve and enhance their natural beauty - with 3,000-4,000 new homes despoiling the Kent Downs - what about the adverse impace on their setting?

It goes on to say that a management plan has been prepared for each of the AONBs - to despoil AONB with a relief road and housing?

The Air Quality Assessment (Clause 4.11.1 and 4.11.2) which was prepared for TMBC concluded that sites which feature in the development strategy  (Borough Green Garden City) are suitable - How can that be when Borough Green Centre is already an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA), which means it has been recognised as having poor levels of air quality, based on 2009 figures, and that is without the steady 1000 vehicle increase annually since that time. With a relief road added to unimproved local roads, more traffic will extend the AQMA to reach other areas as well as increase the levels for Borough Green!

Ightham quarry proposal undergoing initial stage

The Scoping Opinion was adopted on the 19 January 2017 and the Decision has been made by KCC for H+H Celcon to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment.  This will have to be completed and submitted in conjunction with the Planning Application. There will be a consultation period of 28 days for residents and statutory agencies to comment.

It has been mooted that the Planning Application is to be submitted in Spring 2017. We shall keep you posted once we learn of the submission.


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